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Man Utd using Ronaldo as leverage to sign Barcelona’s Messi successor

  • Sep 14, 9:40

Manchester United have already felt the benefit of the return of Ronaldo on the pitch with the Portuguese superstar netting twice on his second-debut, but off the pitch CR7’s influence could help the club land a new star.

Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, also happens to represent Barcelona and Spain’s Ansu Fati, a ‘successor’ to Lionel Messi at the Catalan giants, but United are seemingly hoping to tempt the attacker to Old Trafford next year – amid the ongoing financial crisis at Barca.

As reported in Spanish source Mundo Deportivo, the 18-year-old has had enquiries made by Man Utd and his price-tag would arguably generate Barcelona the most cash of all other players at the club – potentially tempting the club to sell.

The feeling though is that Fati wants to ‘succeed’ at Barcelona and a new contract is likely to be handed to a player who could very well go on to be a mainstay in XI for the next decade and beyond.