Liverpool and Manchester City have been linked with the move for Barcelona midfielder Gavi in recent weeks.
Gavi was recently linked with a move away from Barcelona after La Liga refused to acknowledge his registration as a senior player at the Spanish club. As per 90min, Gavi is currently considered a youth player at Barcelona until the contract he has signed as a senior player is formally registered.
In this situation, Gavi could leave Barcelona on a free transfer when his youth contract expires in June. The likes of Liverpool and Manchester City have been linked with potential moves for the highly-talented midfielder.
But Gavi is not keen on leaving Barcelona. The Spanish international wants to continue at his boyhood club, and his stance will come as a major blow for Liverpool and Manchester City, who were hoping to snap him up on a bargain.
Gavi is one of the most talented young players in world football, and he has all the attributes to develop into a world-class player. A player of his quality would have been an exceptional addition to clubs like Liverpool and Manchester City.
Liverpool are in desperate need of midfield reinforcements, and they need to add quality and depth in the middle of the park. The 18-year-old would have been a quality long-term acquisition. The Reds are expected to lose a number of players as free agents at the end of the season. And senior players like Jordan Henderson and Fabinho have regressed massively.
On the other hand, Manchester City will have to replace key players like Ilkay Gundogan. The German international is set to leave the Premier League club when his contract expires in the summer. Both clubs could have viewed the 18-year-old Barcelona prodigy for the foreseeable future.
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Meanwhile, the development will come as a huge boost for Barcelona, who will not lose a prodigious young talent in the summer. Gavi is undoubtedly one of the best young players in the world and he will be hoping to fulfil his tremendous potential with regular football at Barcelona in the coming seasons. Losing him for free would have been a devastating scenario for the Spanish club.
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