Lionel Messi requests Barca star’s release clause is increased to ward off Reds interest

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Lionel Messi has instructed Barcelona to offer a new deal to 16-year-old wonderkid Ansu Fati amidst interest from a number of sides, including the Reds, according to Fox Sports Asia.

Fati became the youngest player in Spanish top-flight history to score and assist as he produced a magical performance at Camp Nou against Valencia last night. Barcelona won 5-2 and the Guinea midfielder, who was born in 2002, was instrumental.

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Given how he has burst onto the scene, earning plaudits from everyone who was watching last night, it is no surprise that the Reds would be sniffing around the young talent.

A move would also be in line with the signings of Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott as the club look to snare the next big things before their price-tags rocket.

In Spain, it is compulsory for all players to have a release clause. Messi wants Fati’s to be increased for fear that it is not currently high enough to prevent him from being poached by a Premier League club like the Reds.

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