RUMOR: Barcelona has big plans for ‘Spain’s future’ star
Barcelona is planning to make a huge contract extension offer for Spanish soccer prodigy Gavi.
The post-Lionel Messi is era had officially begun and Barcelona has already been working on recruiting the club’s next talisman.
While the club continues to scout talents outside Spain, there has been a few notable players from Barca youth teams who tick a lot of boxes as well. One of them is Gavi.
Gavi has earned the trust of Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman and has already impressed in his second season with the club, having played in the UEFA Champions League matches with the senior team.
This has prompted Barcelona to improve Gavi’s contract and lure the teenager to sign an extension, Spanish outlet Diario Sport reported.
Gavi’s current deal with Barcelona, which contains a buyout clause set at €50 million is set to expire in June 2023. The report said that the Catalans plan wants to extend it until 2026 and increase his buyout clause to a whopping €500 million which is in line with other youngsters such as Nico Gonzalez and Alejandro Balde.
The report also added that Barca would first need to check with FIFA and talk to Gavi’s agent to see if the said offer would be possible as the midfielder is still under 18 years old.
FIFA rules state that minors can’t renew contracts for more than three years.
Ahead of his possible contract renewal, Gavi has once again made his mark on Spanish football after putting on a remarkable national team debut in the country’s Nations League match against Italy.