Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has shared the news that Barcelona have tabled a new contract offer for their teenage sensation.
The transfer insider tweeted: “Pablo Gavi’s agent Iván de la Peña has finally received new contract official proposal from Barcelona, after long standby – confirmed as reported by
“Talks will enter into key stages in the coming days after optimistic feelings in the last meeting.”
The news that the La Liga giants have now offered a new contract to Gavi will be a huge blow for Liverpool, who are looking to bolster their midfield this summer, with the 17-year-old reportedly identified as a favoured target.
Gavi has been an absolute sensation this season at Barcelona, scoring two goals, delivering five assists and creating eight chances in 34 league appearances, along with making 1.1 tackles and 51.4 touches per game and successfully completing 62% of his dribbles.
The youngster has been attracting attention and earning high praise from his manager Xavi, with the Barcelona boss hailing the teenager as “spectacular” as he said: “More than anything his work is spectacular. We’re happy to have him and I don’t want to compare him to anyone. There’s no ceiling for him.”
Liverpool have been linked with a number of midfield targets including Aurelien Tchouameni and Jude Bellingham, so it is clear that they are interested in adding younger alternatives in the middle of the park, with Thiago, Jordan Henderson and James Milner all into their 30s at this point.
Signing Gavi would have effectively guaranteed a top talent in the Reds’ midfield for years to come, so it’s bad news for the Anfield club that Barcelona are now opening talks and doing whatever it takes to retain his services in La Liga.
Not all is lost, though, as the youngster could still turn down his current club’s offer. If that proves to be the case, FSG would then need to act fast in securing his signature this summer before the powers at Camp Nou table a more attractive proposal to the 17-year-old.