Premier League heavyweights Liverpool have reportedly offered Barcelona prodigy Gavi a €6 million-a-year contract.
According to reputed Spanish journalist Gerard Romero, Gavi is the subject of interest from Liverpool over a possible move in the summer transfer window. The Reds have offered a deal worth €6 million per year to the Spanish prodigy, who faces an uncertain future in Barcelona.
Gavi has made stunning progress since joining Barcelona from Real Betis in July 2015. After rising through the ranks rapidly at La Masia, the 17-year-old got his big break at Camp Nou at the onset of the ongoing campaign, with Barcelona’s financial crisis forcing them to fast-track young prospects to the first-team setup.
The teenage prodigy has grabbed his opportunity with both hands, making 33 appearances across all competitions while chipping in with two goals and five assists in the process. But despite being a regular for Barcelona, Gavi faces an uncertain future at Camp Nou, with his current contract expiring in a little over a year. Such a situation has captured the attention of several high profile clubs across Europe, including Liverpool.
The interest from Liverpool stems from the advancing years of James Milner. With Jordan Henderson and former Barcelona ace Thiago Alcantara also on the wrong side of 30, Liverpool will need to lay down a succession plan for the ageing midfield stalwarts, especially considering they did not enter the market to replace Georginio Wijnaldum.
A young core consisting of Gavi, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott, guided by the experienced Fabinho, could well be the way to go for the next stage of Liverpool’s evolution under Jurgen Klopp. And the Reds have stepped up their efforts to prise the 17-year-old prodigy away from Barcelona in the summer transfer window.
The Merseyside giants have tabled a €6 million-a-year contract to Gavi, whose Barcelona contract has a €50 million release clause. Recent reports have claimed that the Catalan giants are in advanced talks over a bumper new contract with the Spanish international.
But Liverpool will hope the €6 million-a-year contract offer does the trick in turning Gavi’s head. That said, reports have claimed that the 17-year-old prodigy would prefer staying put at Barcelona despite widespread interest in his services. So Liverpool’s efforts might not bear fruit if the young midfielder remains committed to Barcelona.