Barcelona wonderkid Ansu Fati ‘ditches Lionel Messi’s brother as his agent to join Jorge Mendes’… the same representative as Cristiano Ronaldo
- Rodrigo Messi was formerly the agent of exciting Barcelona talent Ansu Fati
- But super-agent Jorge Mendes will represent the 17-year-old from now on
- Fati has scored eight goals in 33 games in his first full season at the Nou Camp
According to Mundo Deportivo, Fati has turned to super-agent Mendes, who represents a string of elite players across Europe, to take charge of his affairs.
Ansu Fati (left) has ditched his agent – Lionel Messi’s (right) brother – to join with Jorge Mendes
The 17-year-old Fati has established himself as the most exciting young talent at the Nou Camp
Jorge Mendes represents an array of elite players across Europe, such as Cristiano Ronaldo
The Spanish publication adds that until now, Fati has worked alongside his father and Messi’s brother Rodrigo when sorting his contracts at the Nou Camp.
His present deal runs until 2022 with a release clause of £154million. Mundo Deportivo add Barca have the option to extend Fati’s deal by another two seasons and when he becomes more established in the first-team his exit fee can rise as high as £362m.
The 17-year-old Fati has established himself as Barcelona’s brightest young talent this season, scoring eight goals in 33 appearances for the Catalan club.
His side is expected to undergo a summer of upheaval under new manager Ronald Koeman after their emphatic 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final.
Until now, Messi’s brother Rodrigo had been helping Barcelona star Fati with his affairs
Fati scored eight goals in 33 Barcelona appearances in his first full season at the club
The 17-year-old’s Barcelona release clause could rise as high as £362m in the future
That result has already seen Koeman’s predecessor, Quique Setien, and sporting director Eric Abidal leave the club, with a string of high-profile players expected to follow, but president Josep Bartomeu has put Fati in the ‘non-transferable’ bracket.
Luis Suarez has been linked with a move back to Ajax, while players such as Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba will reportedly be moved on by Koeman.
There is much speculation about Messi’s future, too. Reports swiftly emerged after the defeat by Bayern that he is considering his options after such an emphatic loss.