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Barcelona eager to lock down Messi replacement with 1 billion release clause

Following the departure of Lionel Messi over the summer, FC Barcelona handed his number 10 jersey to teenage sensation Ansu Fati. Now, the club is reportedly eager to get the player to sign a new contract and they plan to protect his future with a 1 billion euro release clause.

The Blaugrana are busy locking down their young players, with the official announcement of Pedri’s renewal expected to come out today. It was earlier reported that the midfielder’s new deal comes with a 1 billion euro release clause, and now Marca reports that Fati will be offered the same.

Pedri’s deal will reportedly tie him down to the Camp Nou all the way until 2026. A similar long-term deal is expected to be offered to Fati. Both teenagers are being groomed to be the future standard bearers for the Catalan giants. For Fati, the responsibility is even bigger, after having been handed the former captain’s number 10 jersey.