Liverpool have been given hope they can resurrect a deal for Gavi amid a simmering row over his new contract between Barcelona president Joan Laporta and the player’s agent.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently preparing for the Champions League final where they will take on Real Madrid in Paris. Victory in the competition will reportedly see Liverpool earn a staggering £106m from the competition this season. And that money will go back into their transfer pot as they look to further strengthen their squad.
The Reds, however, are expected to focus on quality over quantity. And with teenage forward Fabio Carvalho already signed, Klopp and Co are seemingly ready to focus on a new midfield signing.
With Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson and James Milner all now into their 30s, it’s easy to understand Liverpool’s thinking. Furthermore, the likely departure of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has two suitors, will free up a space in their squad.
As such, the Reds were seemingly hot on the trail of France powerhouse Aurelien Tchouameni. The Monaco star has an impressive engine and looks set to leave the Stade Louis II Stadium this summer for a huge fee.
But Liverpool’s prospects of signing him appear to have taken a backwards step. That’s amid claims Real Madrid are in pole position, having struck a £68.6m deal.
He’s not the only midfielders they are chasing, however. Indeed, they are also looking at a pair of young Barca stars in Gavi and Pedri.
And it is 17-year-old Gavi, whose name has been most frequently linked with the Reds.
Having made 47 appearances this season, the 2021/22 season was a real breakout campaign for the midfielder.
And with his deal expiring in 2023, Liverpool were looking to lure him to Anfield.
Those hopes appeared to be over, however, amid claims a deal to 2027 was close to being finalised.
Gavi agent and Joan Laporta at odds over contract offer
However, Gavi has been advised not to sign the deal just yet by his agent, Ivan de la Pena.
And as per reports in Spain, the midfielder’s representative is currently “comparing” their offer to the player with what other teams are seemingly willing to pay.
“His agent has had the renewal offer on the table for a long time,” Laporta told L’Esportiu. “We don’t have any news they have accepted it. The news that we do have is that they are comparing and at some time will say something. We have said our position and for now, it’s not been accepted.
“Yes (hurt by the actions of Gavi’s agent), because we don’t understand it. Gavi is a player that we all like, he has a present and a magnificent future at Barcelona.”
Laporta also claims that while Barcelona are desperate to secure him to a new deal, they cannot afford to break the bank for the teenager.
“Within the salary levels, it’s more than acceptable. (But) we will not go out of these levels, because I don’t want Barca to continue in the line that those before us were on that has taken Barca to ruin,” he stressed.
“If we have players that come out of the academy, we make them an offer of a present and a very good future. And if the agent is comparing and delaying the decision, it’s understandable that I don’t like the situation.”
Liverpool have transfer hope
As per Sport, De la Pena is now reportedly angry at Laporta for making the negotiations public and airing his frustrations.
And the agent feels the delay is coming from Laporta’s side, rather than from their end.
Furthermore, he insists Gavi is yet to receive a firm contract proposal from Barcelona and sporting director Mateu Alemany.
Now it seems the row could lead to a parting of ways.
It would not be the first time a player has ended up leaving a club following a contract dispute. And the simmering war of words over the player will certainly be music to Liverpool‘s ears.
Liverpool confident they can sign Gavi from Barcelona
Barcelona midfielder Gavi remains a target for Liverpool who are confident
They will feel they now have a chance of luring the player to Anfield, particularly amid claims they can offer him better terms.
There is no doubting, however, that his loss will be keenly felt by Barcelona.
A mainstay of the side this season, the 17-year-old has two goals, six assists and also earned six caps for Spain.