Man City, Liverpool interfering in Barcelona contract talks with Gavi

Manchester City and Liverpool are interfering in Barcelona contract talks with Gavi.

City boss Pep Guardiola wants to sign Barcelona wonderkid Gavi and said the midfielder is ‘fantastic’, amid interest from Liverpool, says La Repubblica.

Gavi, 17, has enjoyed an impressive breakout year for Xavi’s side, making 47 appearances in all competitions. His contract expires at the end of the 2022/23 season and there is currently no progress over a new deal. His current contract carries a €50m buyout clause.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta is desperate to see the young star pen a new deal after an impressive breakout year for the club.

But Gavi is delaying signing the new contract at the Camp Nou in light of interest from numerous European clubs, including City and Liverpool.

It was previously reported by El Nacional, the Reds were prepared to pay him £80,000-a-week in order to secure his signature and offer him an £8million signing on fee.

Sport and Marca both reveal he has rejected a third contract offer to stay put, with the club now hopeful Xavi’s ‘project’ and ‘vision’ will be enough to keep hold of Gavi.

Marca also suggests there will be no significant rise in contract offers, due to the fact Barca lack the room in their budget to offer more money.

Gavi joined Barcelona’s famous La Masia youth academy in 2015 aged just 11, before penning his first pro deal in September 2020.

The talented teenager then went on to star for Barcelona B that year, before he was promoted to first-team duties.

To date, Gavi has clocked up 36 appearances in a Barca shirt, netting twice and contributed to five assists.