Liverpool needn’t worry about spending a reported £42m on Gavi. The Barcelona midfielder isn’t the player they need right now.
El Nacional claims that Liverpool are in the mix for Gavi. They, along with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, like the look of the teenager.
But then, doesn’t everyone? Gavi has been making waves at Barcelona this season, earning a callup to the Spanish National Team. That saw him break the record as Spain’s youngest ever player this week.
Thus talk of a £42m transfer isn’t all that bizarre. That’s apparently Gavi’s current release clause – says El Nacional – and Barcelona are frantically trying to raise it to £420m.
They don’t want to lose their latest bright young talent.
But £42m or £420m, we don’t think this is one Liverpool should look at.
Should Liverpool move for Gavi?
We’re not sure this one really makes sense for Liverpool. £42m, for instance, is roughly what the Reds spent on Diogo Jota a year ago.
For that money, Liverpool got a Premier League-proven forward who could contribute right away. There was little doubt over his quality or at least, little doubt over what he offered at the top level.
You can’t argue that about Gavi. He’s got four senior starts under his belt thus far and that’s not exactly a large sample size. No one truly knows what kind of player he’ll end up being.
There is a chance, of course, that Gavi ends up being a superstar. £42m could look like a bargain down the line and Liverpool may end up kicking themselves for not paying it.
But how many youngsters shine brightly early on and never develop? Far more than go on to become stars worth £42m+. That alone should put Liverpool off.
There’s a bigger problem here, though. Post-Brexit rules mean Liverpool couldn’t actually bring Gavi over for another year. English clubs can’t sign foreign nationals under 18 and Gavi has only just turned 17.
Any move would have to come in a year’s time. Perhaps Gavi justifies a £42m outlay by then but it’s more likely that Barcelona convince him to renew and boost that clause up.
So in the short term, this isn’t happening. But even long-term, we’re not sure it makes sense for Liverpool. They’ve already got talented young midfielders and £42m could be spent better elsewhere.