Chelsea and Liverpool make contact with Barcelona starlet Gavi’s agent

Chelsea and Liverpool make contact with Barcelona starlet Gavi's agent over £41m transfer

Barca are working on a new contract with an increased release clause (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea and Liverpool have both made enquiries about the potential availability of Barcelona’s 17-year-old wonderkid Gavi, according to reports in Spain.

Despite his tender years, the teenager has already established himself in the first team at Camp, starting 13 La Liga matches this season, while he has also earned four caps for the Spanish national team.

Gavi is regarded as one of the most promising young players in Europe and Barca want him to be a fixture of their team for the next decade and beyond.

Chelsea and Liverpool make contact with Barcelona starlet Gavi's agent over £41m transfer

Gavi was promoted to the first team by Ronald Koeman (Picture: Getty)

However, the Catalan giants risk losing Gavi – who only has a contract until 2023 and is still on youth terms – and European rivals have started to circle.

According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Premier League duo Chelsea and Liverpool are extremely interested in the midfielder and have already been sounding out his camp, with the academy starlet ‘swimming in offers’.

Gavi has a release clause of €50million (£41m), which may seem steep for a 17-year-old but is seen by many as a bargain for a player who is expected to have an enormous future in the game.

Barcelona are working hard behind the scenes to try and secure a new professional contract for Gavi which would increase that release clause exponentially, likely to around the same €1billion (£832k) mark as the buyout clause in Ansu Fati’s contract.

Nevertheless, Gavi’s current release clause – coupled with his miniscule salary – has got rival clubs very interested and Chelsea and Liverpool have already made contact with his agent, Ivan de la Pena, to ask after the teenager.

Chelsea and Liverpool make contact with Barcelona starlet Gavi's agent over £41m transfer

Gavi has already impressed for Spain in the UEFA Nations League (Getty)

They are not the only teams circling, with Manchester City – of course managed by ex-Barca boss Pep Guardiola – and Bayern Munich both keeping tabs on the situation.

Barcelona are fully aware of the interest in their young midfield gem but have been assured by the player that his preference is to remain at Camp Nou.

However, they must ensure they agree a new contract with Gavi – and up his release clause – swiftly otherwise he could start to entertain the interest from other clubs.


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