Barcelona president Laporta ‘optimistic’ on Gavi deal

Barcelona president Joan Laporta remains confident securing Gavi to a new deal.

Gavi isn’t short of admirers and there had been concerns that the Catalan club’s financial situation wouldn’t allow them to make a satisfactory contract offer for the 17-year-old Spain international.

Speaking to reporters at a fan event, however, Laporta was confident that Andalusian’s future is with Barcelona.

“We’re optimistic because we want Gavi to stay at Barcelona,” said Laporta.

“We are very excited about him staying, he’s from our academy. The player and his agent, who we know, also want to stay at Barcelona.

“We are very close to reaching an agreement.”

The 17-year-old is expected to put pen to paper on a new five-year deal shortly that will include a buyout clause set at €1 billion.