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Liverpool test the waters with contact of Barcelona ace, offering mammoth £100k-a-week contract

Gavi, Barcelona, February 2022.

Liverpool have reportedly made contact with Barcelona youngster Gavi, offering the midfielder a mammoth wage rise to join the club.

At just 17 years of age, Gavi has begun to establish himself as quite the player. Indeed, the Spaniard has made 23 senior league appearances this season, starting 20 of those. While the youngster is usually deployed as a central midfielder, he has played on either wing as well. Gavi has scored two goals this season, and has provided five assists.

In addition, the youngster became the youngest player ever to represent Spain in 2021. He has already made four appearances for the senior team, and will no doubt make more.

Clearly, Barcelona would love to keep hold of the talented midfielder. In fact, the Spanish giants were reportedly set to enter into negotiations with Gavi last month, but his deal still runs out in 2023.

Indeed, Barcelona may face competition from some big hitters. Premier League high-flyers Manchester City and Liverpool have both been linked with the star.

A recent update from Spanish journalist Gerard Romero, via The Boot Room, claims Liverpool have put the wheels in motion to snatch Gavi.

That report states that the Merseysiders have offered him a monster wage increase to join the club.

Gavi reportedly earns just shy of £3,000-a-week. Liverpool have reportedly offered him an exponential rise, of nearly £100,000-a-week.

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Indeed, at just 17 years old, that sort of money will no doubt be a big lure for the talented Spaniard. However, he could certainly benefit from remaining at Barca, and being managed by former midfield maestro Xavi.

What’s more, a move to the Premier League may be premature. Despite Gavi’s obvious quality, it may be best for him to be nurtured in Spain before making a big move.

Barca coach Xavi a big admirer of Gavi

Gavi celebrates a goal for Barcelona during LaLiga game v Atletico Madrid at Nou Camp

In other news, Barcelona coach Xavi has reinforced his admiration of Gavi’s skill. Indeed, the former midfielder seems to be relishing the opportunity to coach the youngster.

“The situations where he steals balls, which are many, when he puts pressure after losses, it’s brutal,” he said.

“He turns very well, he knows how to retain shape, he knows how to be the third man. Gavi also knows when he has to come inside.

“At just 17 years old his performance is spectacular. It’s wonderful to train him.”

Clearly, Xavi sees something special in his midfield star. It seems although Liverpool are keen, Barcelona will do their all to retain the youngster.

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