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Hammer blow for Liverpool as Barcelona reach ‘breakthrough’ in Gavi contract talks

Barcelona star Gavi

Liverpool have been handed a major setback as Barcelona have reportedly reached a ‘breakthrough’ in their contract discussions with Gavi.

The 17-year-old, who usually operates in central midfield, is one of the latest starlets to come off the Barcelona production line. He is already a first-team regular at the Nou Camp, having played 42 times under Xavi this season.

Gavi has the perfect opportunity to become a top-class midfielder, as his head coach was one of the best in the position for years.

The Spain international, capped six times, has become a transfer target for Liverpool and Manchester United in recent months.

The two English teams began following his situation closely due to his contract expiring in June 2023.

In addition, Gavi’s current release clause stands at just £42million. That represents a potential bargain for a teenager with such a high ceiling.

For comparison, Ronald Araujo now has a release clause worth an astonishing €1bn (£854m) following the announcement of his new deal.

It’s clear to see why Barcelona have begun contract renewal talks with Gavi and his entourage. They are in a precarious position as the player could decide to run down his terms and leave as a free agent next summer.

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But according to Goal, who cite Spanish outlet Marca, fans of the Spanish giants will soon be able to rest easy. That’s because the club have reached a ‘breakthrough’ in discussions with Gavi.

They met with his agent earlier on Friday and an extension is now close to being agreed.

There is still a slight difference in terms of the wage, but this small issue should be ironed out in the coming days and weeks.

Gavi is apparently ‘keen’ to extend his spell with Barca, despite garnering links with Liverpool.

It’s clear to see why he would want to remain in Catalonia. Gavi could form part of the Barca midfield, along with Pedri, for the next 10 years or more.

And Barca are on the rise under Xavi, having gone above Sevilla and into second place in La Liga.

The teenager will want to play his part as they pursue Real Madrid and aim to get back to the summit of European football.

However, Gavi may also be wise to join Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp is great at getting the best out of players, including young ones.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is a great example. He is now one of the best full-backs in the world.

Plus, moving to Anfield would see Gavi learn from Thiago, who is thriving this term.

Elsewhere, Jurgen Klopp has spoken about the potential for Roberto Firmino to face Tottenham amid his foot injury.