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Manchester City eye Barcelona wonderkid as Raheem Sterling replacement

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On Sunday night, it became very apparent why Barcelona rate Ansu Fati so very highly and handed him the No. 10 jersey following the summer departure of Lionel Messi.

The 18-year-old teenage sensation, making his first league start in close to a year, inspired his boyhood club to a 3-1 win over Valencia, scoring a goal and winning a penalty from which Memphis Depay found the back of the net.

In three La Liga encounters since returning from a long-term injury, Ansu Fati has already scored two goals and has looked Barca’s best player in the short time he has been on the pitch, giving evidence of why he is regarded as a generational talent.

Fati’s rise to stardom has already led to a lot of interest from clubs across Europe. Manchester United have been linked with a move for the teenage Spanish international in the past. And, it now seems like their neighbours, Manchester City, have also taken a liking towards the 18-year-old forward.

Indeed, according to journalist Ekrem Konur, the Premier League champions have identified Ansu Fati as the direct replacement for star forward Raheem Sterling, whose future at the Etihad Stadium has come into question recently.

The 26-year-old England international has fallen down the pecking order of things at Manchester City and could be on his way out in January or at the end of the season. Interestingly, Barcelona are among the clubs that have been strongly linked with a move for Sterling.

Now, it is being claimed that the Cityzens would target the Catalans’ crown jewel, Ansu Fati, to replace the ex-Liverpool attacker should he leave the club.

Barcelona, for their part, are still working towards securing a contract extension for the four-time capped Spanish international. Fati’s current contract runs out in the summer of 2022. Even though they have the option to extend it by a couple of years, the Blaugrana are keen on handing him improved terms befitting his status within the squad.

Fati is a vital player for Barcelona, who have shown great faith in the youngster by handing him the revered No. 10 shirt. An exit, despite the lure of playing under Pep Guardiola, seems extremely unlikely.

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