Barcelona could be involved in a potential player swap deal this summer.
According to SPORT, young attacker Ansu Fati could go to Wolverhampton Wanderers while midfielder Ruben Neves moves to Barca.
Barcelona need a defensive midfielder after the departure of Sergio Busquets.
They have already agreed a deal with Neves, who is open to leaving the Premier League.
However, Fati is reportedly unwilling to depart from his beloved Barca.
The talented teenager has not given his approval for the proposed swap and wants to remain with the La Liga giants.
However, the financially strained Catalan club see this as an opportunity, thus putting pressure on Fati to accept the move.
Not everyone within Barcelona is convinced about Neves.
Some members of the board and even head coach Xavi Hernandez question whether Neves possesses the right attributes to replace Busquets.
Xavi has shown interest in Real Sociedad’s Martin Zubimendi. The Spaniard is a midfield anchor with whom he is more familiar.
Despite the scepticism surrounding Neves, the 26-year-old Portuguese midfielder is eager to make the career leap to Barcelona.
He sees it as a step up in his career and has turned down an offer from Arsenal. The Gunners are also in the market for a midfield enforcer.
The orchestrator behind this potential swap deal is super agent Jorge Mendes. He represents Fati and Neves and is working to facilitate the transaction.
While there are voices within the club advocating for the cancellation of the Neves-Fati exchange, the dire financial situation of Barcelona makes it challenging to abandon the deal.
Mendes wants to finalise the agreement, but it is unclear whether Fati will eventually consent and embrace the move away from his current club.
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