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Manchester City Could Replace Gundogan With This Barca Youngster: Will Guardiola Bring Him Aboard?

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According to a report from Manchester Evening News, Manchester City are closely monitoring Gavi’s contract situation at Barcelona. If La Liga refuse to ratify Gavi’s new contract with the Spanish giants, then the midfielder will revert to his youth team deal which expires in the summer, making him available for free this summer. It is understood that Pep Guardiola’s side are keen on bringing him aboard to replace Ilkay Gundogan should Gavi’s situation transpire to their benefit.

Gavi’s Impressive Campaign In Spanish Football This Season

Gavi is having a brilliant campaign at the Nou Camp after producing several eye-catching performances in Barca’s midfield department. The gifted teenager has found the back of the net on two occasions and created five assists over 36 appearances for Barca this season across all fronts.

The 18-year-old has established himself as a key player under Xavi’s tutelage after averaging 1.4 tackles, 0.7 interceptions, 0.6 clearances, 0.7 shots, 1.2 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even been accurate when distributing the ball from the central areas, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 88.1% in the top tier of Spanish football (stats via whoscored).

Etihad Stadium
Etihad Stadium

Should Guardiola Bring Him To Manchester City?

The young Spanish footballer has been making waves in the Spanish football scene with his impressive performances on the pitch. Gavi’s talent and potential were apparent from a young age rising through the youth ranks of La Massia.

Gavi’s style of play is characterized by his quick feet, vision, and ability to control the tempo of the game. He is an excellent passer of the ball and has a good eye for goal, which makes him a valuable asset to Pep Guardiola. The Sky Blues will certainly lose out on Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan this summer as there has been no development in terms of a contract renewal for the latter, and the former is willing to exit the Etihad Stadium. Hence, Gavi could be a long-term replacement for Gundogan in the midfield department.

Pep Guardiola should be wise to engineer a move and convince the youngster to join them next season if his contract does expire this summer. The Mancunian giants could secure Gavi’s signature with ease if they agree to his personal terms since they can offer Champions League football and also a starting position in the match-day squad.

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