Barcelona are ‘looking to tie down 17-year-old star Gavi to a new deal with a £430MILLION release clause’… but they could hit a stumbling block in bid to secure his future until 2026 due to FIFA rules regarding long term contracts for under 18 players
- Gavi only made his Barcelona debut in August after coming on as a substitute
- But the midfielder has impressed enough to start last three LaLiga matches
- The 17-year-old’s excellent form has earned him a call-up to the Spanish side
- Barca are now already focusing on extending current deal which ends in 2023
Barcelona are already looking to hand teenage sensation Gavi a new deal following his excellent start to the season.
The 17-year-old midfielder has been one of few positives for the struggling Nou Camp outfit who heading into the international break reside ninth in LaLiga and have also lost their first two Champions League games.
But Gavi, who only made his Barcelona debut back in August in LaLiga as a substitute against Getafe, has impressed during the run, and has earned a place in the starting XI.
Gavi has been a sensation for Barcelona despite their relatively poor start to the season
The midfielder has started their last three top flight games and featured in both of the Spanish side’s European encounters.
Barca’s woes on the pitch on the pitch have not hidden his talents, with Spain boss Luis Enrique even giving him a call up for the national squad this month, as they take on European champions Italy in the Nations League semi-finals.
According to Sport, Barcelona want to tie down Gavi to a new long term deal until 2026, initially for three years with an option for a further two.
Spanish daily, Sport have reported that Barca want to extend Gavi’s contract until 2026
The 17-year-old has started their last three LaLiga matches including defeat at Atletico Madrid
They are also looking to put in a release clause of €500m (£426m) on him to fendoff interest from European rivals.
The club have made giving him a long term deal one of their key objectives and according to the reports have already opened informal talks with the player’s representative in former Barca and Spain defender Ivan de la Pena.
Gavi has been part of the Barca set-up since he was 11-years-old and only signed professional terms with the club a year ago.
His form has earned him a call up to the Spanish national team by boss Luis Enrique (above)
The midfielder could now make his international debut in a whirlwind start to the season
His current deal is set to run until the summer of 2023 but his release clause is only as little as just over £40million.
Barca though could face issues with making the deal last until 2026, with FIFA regulations insisting contracts of more than three years cannot be made to players under the age of 18.
However, Spanish law allows these contracts to have a maximum extension of five years and both stipulations will be discussed between De La Pena and Barca.
Gavi has quickly found favour in the Barcelona set-up under manager Ronald Koeman
Barca are confident Gavi will commit to a new deal having reputedly rejected professional terms from Premier League sides before committing his future to the Nou Camp.
With Barcelona’s financial woes unlikely to improve drastically in the immediate future, the club are keen to promote their most talented youth stars coming through the ranks that could lead the club over the next decade.
Nico Gonzalez and Alejandro Balde, are two other promising young talents who extended their deals over the summer.
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