Brighton sign Barcelona winger Fati

1 Sep 2023
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Spanish talent moves to Brighton on a season-long loan

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Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the season-long loan of Barcelona winger Ansu Fati.

The 20-year-old joins Brighton after making 36 LaLiga appearances last season, helping Barcelona to their first title in four years. 

“This is a great deal for all of us,” Brighton head coach Roberto De Zerbi told the club's official website. “I am sure Ansu will help us to reach a new target and we can help him get back at the level he deserves to be.”

Born in Guinea-Bissau, Fati and his family moved to Spain when he was six, and after impressing for his local side Herrera and for the youth teams of Sevilla, he was picked up by Barcelona, joining their prestigious La Masia academy at the age of 10.

The winger, known for his explosive speed, trickery and finishing ability, made his first senior appearance for Barcelona in August 2019, becoming the club's second-youngest player in history at only 16 years and 298 days.

The next month, in his first start for Barcelona, Fati became the youngest LaLiga player to score and assist in the same match.

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Despite injury problems, Fati has made a total of 80 LaLiga appearances, scoring 22 goals and registering seven assists.

He has made nine appearances for Spain, including two at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. 

Fati is Brighton's ninth signing of the summer and could make his first appearance this weekend against Newcastle United.

See: Summer 2023 Transfer Deadline Day: All you need to know

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