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[Albion] Ansu Fati **Signed On Loan 01/09**



Beanstalk

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Apr 5, 2017
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I'm intrigued about what will happen to Fati in the summer, expect his wages will be too rich for us even on loan again, but who else will go for him - Villa, Newcastle? Maybe he will take a bit paycut to join a smaller Spanish team? Could he end up somewhere Stateside?
If we can't afford his wages then there is no way a smaller Spanish team would be able to.

I think it all depends on Barcelona and their finances. Can they afford to keep Ansu as part of their wage structure? Not really. Can they sell him for the type of money they expected when he signed his contract? Very unlikely. A loan is probably a likely option again, to either us or a similar sized side that can afford to cover the majority of his wages.

Barca will be banking on him having a good, injury free, season and either a) reintegrating him as an important first team player, or b) selling him for enough money that they are able to improve their financial status. I think that was the plan for this season but unless he has a world-beating end to the season, the injury may have put those plans back a year.
 




Nobby Cybergoat

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Jul 19, 2021
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Big game for him tonight. Needs to step up.
Or what? What can we do about it?

His priority is going to remain getting his fitness up and getting the minutes needed to hit the ground running for a tilt at the euros squad and his return to Barca, or more likely his sale to someone richer than us

That's the thing about getting loanees in, they may have different priorities
 




LeicesterGull

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Feb 2, 2009
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Or what? What can we do about it?

His priority is going to remain getting his fitness up and getting the minutes needed to hit the ground running for a tilt at the euros squad and his return to Barca, or more likely his sale to someone richer than us

That's the thing about getting loanees in, they may have different priorities
Interesting you mention this. I was sat behind the subs warming-up on Saturday and was surprised how uninterested he was on what was happening on the pitch. He was far too busy talking to Onana via his gloved hand to care about the game. I was generally unimpressed how much love there was amongst the opposing subs and man hugs going on!
 


GT49er

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Feb 1, 2009
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Gloucester
If we can't afford his wages then there is no way a smaller Spanish team would be able to.

I think it all depends on Barcelona and their finances. Can they afford to keep Ansu as part of their wage structure? Not really. Can they sell him for the type of money they expected when he signed his contract? Very unlikely. A loan is probably a likely option again, to either us or a similar sized side that can afford to cover the majority of his wages.

Barca will be banking on him having a good, injury free, season and either a) reintegrating him as an important first team player, or b) selling him for enough money that they are able to improve their financial status. I think that was the plan for this season but unless he has a world-beating end to the season, the injury may have put those plans back a year.
Probably worth offering to take him for another season on loan, but on financial terms less favourable to Barca - after all, they'll be wanting him in the shop window, and the Albion is a good place for that.
 






levs

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Jul 10, 2017
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If we can't afford his wages then there is no way a smaller Spanish team would be able to.

I think it all depends on Barcelona and their finances. Can they afford to keep Ansu as part of their wage structure? Not really. Can they sell him for the type of money they expected when he signed his contract? Very unlikely. A loan is probably a likely option again, to either us or a similar sized side that can afford to cover the majority of his wages.

Barca will be banking on him having a good, injury free, season and either a) reintegrating him as an important first team player, or b) selling him for enough money that they are able to improve their financial status. I think that was the plan for this season but unless he has a world-beating end to the season, the injury may have put those plans back a year.
I do wonder whether he would be willing to accept a pay cut to help out Barca. They reportedly need to reduce their wage bill by £200mil in the summer, so offloading his £200k per week would be a fair chunk of that. I think he's unlikely to regain a first team place in the Barca team or any other major European club to be honest.

I still think it's unlikely we sign him, but if we can afford to pay 80% of his wages now, we may be able to afford his wages for longer than 1 season. Not sure what Barca would want in terms of a fee though.
 






Nobby Cybergoat

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Jul 19, 2021
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I do wonder whether he would be willing to accept a pay cut to help out Barca.
Can you think of any examples of other footballers taking a pay cut with the intention of helping out the club that gave them the contract?
 


levs

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Jul 10, 2017
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Can you think of any examples of other footballers taking a pay cut with the intention of helping out the club that gave them the contract?
I think there are many examples of players accepting transfers for less wages because their club has an accepted an offer and they no longer feel wanted. I think when it's the club where they came through the academy who are in financial trouble the chances may be higher.

Obviously helping out Barca wouldn't be the only reason he might accept a pay cut, but it may come into his thinking if considering an offer.
 


Springal

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Feb 12, 2005
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Can you think of any examples of other footballers taking a pay cut with the intention of helping out the club that gave them the contract?
Coutihno at Villa. Barca weren’t paying him and Villa paid him a lower wage
 




Nobby Cybergoat

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Jul 19, 2021
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Coutihno at Villa. Barca weren’t paying him and Villa paid him a lower wage
Lots of aging players have taken a pay cut, because they are on the way down. None have done so to help out the club who gave them the contract
 




levs

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Jul 10, 2017
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Lots of aging players have taken a pay cut, because they are on the way down. None have done so to help out the club who gave them the contract
I didn't know you knew all of the reasons why every footballer has ever accepted a contract. What fantastic inside knowledge you have, Romano in disguise?
 










Sheebo

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Jul 13, 2003
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I wonder if signing Fati permanently after his loan might be an option
It almost certainly is an option…

Agree with @SIMMO SAYS to a degree - we need a much more from him. He was just starting to get there before the injury I felt…
 








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