According to a report from Metro, Barcelona have been dealt a huge blow with Gavi’s contract blunder, as the youngster could now be available as a free agent this summer. The Catalan giants agreed on a new long-term contract with Gavi last year that included a massive £883m release clause.
However, La Liga has attempted to block the deal by saying that the Spanish giants are unable to afford the midfielder’s £7.1m-a-year salary, which could be true considering their financial situation. This has ideally given Liverpool and Manchester City a huge boost in their pursuit of his signature.
Gavi’s Impressive Numbers For Barcelona So Far This Season
Gavi is having a decent campaign at the Nou Camp after producing a string of influential displays at the centre of Xavi’s midfield. The gifted teenager has found the back of the net on two occasions and created five assists over 36 appearances for Barca so far this season on all fronts.
The 18-year-old has proven his worth after being reliable and consistent in the middle of the park, averaging 1.4 tackles, 0.7 interceptions, 0.6 clearances, 0.7 shots, 1.2 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per game in La Liga. He has even been accurate when distributing the ball to his teammates, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 88.1% in the top tier of Spanish football (stats via whoscored).
Gavi’s contract situation is complicated right now. However, he will continue playing for Barca under the previous youth contract, but should the court rule out the new deal, then his contract at Camp Nou is set to expire at the end of this season.
Can Xavi Afford To Lose Him?
The La Masia product has already made a significant impact in Barcelona’s midfield, showcasing a unique playstyle that combines creativity, intelligence, and tenacity. One of the most striking aspects of Gavi’s playstyle is his ability to read the game and make intelligent decisions on the field. His excellent vision allows him to spot and exploit spaces in the opposition’s defence, creating goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates.
Gavi’s playstyle is not just defined by his technical skills but also by his relentless work rate and tenacity. The young midfielder is not afraid to put in defensive work, often tracking back and pressing opponents to regain possession.
Gavi’s versatility and adaptability have been crucial in his rapid rise to prominence in Barcelona’s first team. At 18, he has the potential to become one of the best players of this generation, so losing him for free would be a huge blow for the Spanish giants.