Ansu Fati, the young attacker and one of the only bright spots in what was a hugely disappointing 2019-20 season for FC Barcelona, has been granted a new first-team contract with his club including a huge release clause.
Fati’s new deal, which includes a salary raise and a permanent spot in Barcelona’s first team at the young age of 17, includes a release clause that is said to value $460 million dollars.
A release clause, which is stipulated as a part of players’ contracts in Spain, is a fee that can be paid by another club if they want to make an offer to a player to have them leave and join their club.
The Guinea-Bissau-born winger made his first team debut with Barcelona’s first team last August in a La Liga match against Real Betis. He gained more and more playing time throughout the season in its domestic and European campaigns, notching a total of 8 goals and 1 assist in 33 appearances.
Fati’s strong performance led him to be called up by former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique for Spain’s UEFA Nations League matches earlier this month, where he scored a goal against Ukraine to net his first international goal.
Fati is expected to be a key part of Ronald Koeman’s Barcelona side in 2020-21 as they look to compete for La Liga and Champions League honors.