Gavi close to new Barcelona contract Catalans dismiss Chelsea interest


RCD Espanyol v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander

Gavi is set to be a big part of the rebuild at Barcelona (Picture: Getty Images)

Barcelona are in the ‘final stages’ of contract talks with teenage sensation Gavi, with interest from Chelsea set to come to nothing.

The 17-year-old has made a big impression after breaking into the first team this season at the Camp Nou, already racking up 19 La Liga appearances despite not turning 18 until August..

His future was already in doubt, though, with his current contract expiring next year and both Chelsea and Liverpool showing an interest in tempting the teenager away from Barcelona.

His contract has a £41m release clause, so the Blues and the Reds were willing to take a gamble on the youngster and offer him big wages to attract him to the Premier League.

Barcelona had no intention of letting him go, but had delayed contract talks until after the January transfer window as they were busy bringing in the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Adama Traore and Ferran Torres.

However, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano reports that contract talks are nearing a conclusion and have no concern of a Premier League club swooping for Gavi as the midfielder is focussed on staying at the Camp Nou.

Granada CF v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander

Xavi has been imparting his knowledge on the 17-year-old since taking over as manager (Picture: Getty Images)

Spanish publication Sport reported that both Chelsea and Liverpool had made contact with the youngster’s representatives, while Manchester City and Bayern Munich were credited with an interest in him as well.

Barca are likely to increase Gavi’s release clause by an enormous amount, likely to around the same €1billion (£832m) mark as in Ansu Fati’s contract.

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