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Manchester City Are Monitoring This Barcelona Youngster: Should Pep Launch A Move?

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In a recent report, The Daily Mail revealed that Manchester City are monitoring Barcelona youngster Gavi who has a £42m release clause in his contract. It is understood that the Mancunian giants are keeping a keen eye on the Spanish midfielder who is hesitant to make a big move so early in his career.

Gavi’s Impressive Rise At The Nou Camp This Season

Gavi has emerged as an important player for Barca’s first XI during this campaign and has been responsible for producing a run of impressive displays in Spanish football. The 17-year-old has registered one goal and three assists in 24 matches for the Catalan giants this season on all fronts.

The Spanish prospect has caught the eye by averaging 1.3 tackles, 0.7 interceptions, 0.8 shots, 0.6 key passes and 1.5 dribbles per game in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. He has even been excellent when distributing the ball from midfield after making 89.1% of his attempted passes in both those competitions (stats via whoscored).

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SEVILLE, SPAIN – DECEMBER 21: Gavi of FC Barcelona reacts during the LaLiga Santander match between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on December 21, 2021 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)
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Should Manchester City Launch A Move For Gavi?

Gavi loves a tackle and can sense the danger quickly to earn the ball back for his team. More importantly, he is an excellent passer of the ball and has shown that he has the vision to set up a few clear-cut chances for his teammates in the final third.

The Spanish sensation has done well to add a handful of goals and assists to his game. He can also be a tough man to stop when he is dribbling at full swing towards the opposition penalty box.

At the tender of 17, Gavi has established himself as a top-flight footballer in Spain. Hence, he has got the potential to become a generational talent which makes him a worthy target for Man City to pursue in this calendar year.

We can expect Gavi to settle into Pep Guardiola’s playing style quite well if the Mancunian giants can lure him to the Etihad Stadium. He could even serve as an ideal long-term successor to Ilkay Gundogan who is entering the last stage of his playing career.

With all things considered, Guardiola would be wise to launch a move to secure Gavi’s services as Barca are currently going through a financial crisis and could be inclined to cash in on him, especially if they miss out on a top-four place in La Liga this season.

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