Barcelona president Joan Laporta ‘doesn’t understand’ the holdup with Liverpool target Gavi’s new contract. They suspect he’s ‘comparing’ offers.
17-year-old Gavi exploded onto the scene with Barcelona this season, establishing himself as one of the world’s brightest prospects. That, however, comes at a cost for the Catalonians – he’s not on a long-term contract.
The cat’s now out of the bag with Gavi, whose contract expires in 2023. Barcelona are apparently trying to tie him down ASAP but there’s a holdup, despite positive talks. What is the holdup? They believe the player and his agents are ‘comparing’ offers from elsewhere.
“His representative has long had the renewal offer on the table,” Barcelona president Joan Laporta told L’Esportiu. “We have no news that he has accepted it. The news we have is that he is comparing and that at some point he will have to say something.”
Laporta also says that the idea of Gavi and co. ‘comparing’ offers is something he doesn’t understand.
“We don’t understand,” he said. “He’s a player we all like; He is 17 years old, has a present and a great future at Barça, and we do not understand why his representative is playing and comparing.
“I think the club’s proposal, within our salary levels, is more than acceptable. In addition, we will not go beyond these levels, because I do not want Barça to continue in the line followed by those who preceded us and who have brought Barça to ruin.”
Liverpool target Gavi
So who could they be comparing offers from? Well, Liverpool supposedly like Gavi quite a lot and reports out of Spain claim they’ve ‘stepped up their efforts’ in recent months.
Fabrizio Romano now claims that Gavi and his ‘camp’ are unhappy with Laporta’s comments, too. There’s potential for this to get a little messy.
And so if Liverpool want to take advantage, that sounds good to us. We thought any chance of Gavi was done but it sounds as though things aren’t as cut and dry as it seemed. Fingers crossed, then, that there’s a twist in here that could take the teenager to Anfield.