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Liverpool transfer latest: Reds ready to pay whopping Gavi release clause despite Fabrizio Romano, Barcelona update

Liverpool are reportedly willing to pay the £51.4million required to trigger midfield sensation Gavi’s release clause at Barcelona.

The Reds have been pushing for a deal for the talented 17-year-old for some time, with Gavi tipped to lead the next generation of Barca midfielders coming through in Catalonia.

And according to Sport, Liverpool are ready to pay whatever it takes to get the player to Merseyside.

But there is a major spanner in the works, in the form of the player himself. Gavi is said to favour remaining at the Nou Camp and wants to commit his future to the club.

That’s where Fabrizio Romano comes in, with the transfer expert tweeting that Barca are looking to get a deal done.

So far there has been no agreement reached between the player and the club. However, that could be about to change, according to Romano.

Despite his young age, Gavi made 47 appearances in all competitions for Barca this season. He scored twice and added six assists and featured heavily in the club’s Champions League and Europa League campaigns.

However, it appears it will take a major change of heart for Gavi to move to Anfield this summer.

Klopp set to turn to other targets amind Mane worry

That will likely lead to Jurgen Klopp looking at other targets, with Leeds United star Raphinha and Bayern Munich duo Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry on his radar.

The Reds will, in all likelihood, need another attacker if Sadio Mane, as expected, moves on.

The Senegal star has been very open about his decision to leave. That has led to Klopp testing the waters over potential transfers for the aforementioned trio.

Of the three, Gnabry is the more natural positional replacement for Mane. However, with Manchester City snapping up Erling Haaland, Liverpool bringing in Lewandowski would match that move, to a certain exent, and allow Luis Diaz and Mo Salah to play either side of the prolific Pole.

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