Joan Laporta confirms Barcelona are ‘very close’ to Gavi contract deal


Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed the club are “very close” to reaching an agreement with teenage prodigy Gavi on a new contract.

Gavi, who won’t even turn 18 until August, has established himself as an important player for Barca’s first team in 2021/22, making 47 appearances in all competitions.

But the youngster is only contracted at Camp Nou for another year, which had given rise to speculation over his future this summer – Liverpool have been one of several clubs linked with a swoop in the market. transfers, for example.

It was even reported in recent days that Gavi rejected Barcelona’s opening contract offer worth €2m per year. That figure is dwarfed by the number that will supposedly be on Liverpool’s table, which is closer to €9m.

However, it’s still believed that Gavi’s preferred option is to renew with Barca. According to the local broadcaster betevethe Gavi side are seeking a deal worth an initial €4m per year which will increase with each passing season thereafter.

It is clear that some compromise between the club and the player was necessary, but Laporta expressed great confidence in reaching an agreement when he said Report“We are optimistic about the renewal of Gavi. We want him to continue at Barça.

“We are very close to reaching an agreement.”

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Considering his age and his very sudden rise, Gavi is currently by far Barca’s lowest-paid first-team player, with an estimated €100,000 a year. SPORT reported that his anticipated new contract will end up being on similar terms to Ronald Araujo’s recently signed deal.

It is expected to be a five-year deal with a €1bn buyout clause, matching the figure inserted in Araujo’s deal and those of fellow junior talents Pedri and Ansu Fati.

Gavi joined Barcelona in 2015 aged 11 after playing in Real Betis’ youth academy.

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