Barcelona delivered an update on Gavi this week and it’s one that doesn’t look good for Liverpool. The Reds reportedly want the player.
Barcelona director of football Mateu Alemany confirmed on Wednesday that the club will re-sign Gavi. The teenage midfielder has under a year left on his contract but appears to have agreed on a new one. His age, however, means the club will wait until officially offering him terms.
“There is an outline of an agreement,” Alemany said, per Barcelona’s official site. “We are highly committed to sorting out this situation.
“He is 17 years of age and we are waiting until he turns 18 on 5 August so he can sign a contract longer than three years. We have small details to close out but we will get it resolved. 100% Gavi will continue at Barça.”
Barcelona deliver Gavi update
This isn’t a situation many clubs run into, of course. Gavi isn’t exactly an ordinary player, though, as he’s established himself on an international level before turning 18.
His rise clearly caught Barcelona off-guard, too, as they hadn’t extended his contract beyond 2023. That created a difficult negotiation where a 17-year-old wanted first-team terms and had the ammunition of a looming free transfer next summer.
Liverpool were a club that supposedly wanted to take advantage. La Porteria claimed they offered Gavi four times what Barcelona had at one point. Either that wasn’t enough or the Catalonians have seriously upgraded their own offer.
And that’s a shame. Gavi is unbelievably talented and we saw an obvious fit at Liverpool. He now appears destined for a long-term future with Barcelona instead. At the very least, any move will cost a team an absolute fortune.
Of course, there remains a small chance that Liverpool can still sway Gavi. He won’t sign with Barcelona until his 18th birthday next month so he can agree a longer deal. Technically, the Reds could convince him to change his mind.
But the words out of Barcelona sound incredibly confident. Liverpool can write this one off.