Man Utd and Liverpool want Barcelona sensation Gavi amid £42m release clause

Liverpool and Manchester United have expressed an interest in signing Barcelona wonderkid Gavi but could face competition from Paris Saint-Germain.

The 17-year-old, whose full name is Pablo Martin Paez Gavira, is the latest graduate to emerge from the club’s famous La Masia academy and shine in the first-team.

He only made his first-team debut in late August, coming on as a substitute in the 2-1 win over Getafe to make him the second-youngest player to feature for the club after Ansu Fati.

His performances convinced Barca coach Ronald Koeman to hand the promising midfielder more minutes and he was rewarded with a starting berth for the LaLiga giants in the recent 2-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Gavi’s displays have been closely observed by several of Europe’s elite clubs, with El Nacional claiming that both Liverpool and Man United are keen on bringing in the Spaniard.

It is understood that the starlet has a €50million (£42.4m) release clause inserted into his contract, although he is still under youth terms as he does not turn 18 until August next year.

But the report adds that the Premier League duo would not be deterred in their pursuit of the talented playmaker, even if it means activating the release clause.

Ligue 1 giants PSG, who signed Lionel Messi earlier this summer after his release from Barcelona, are also monitoring his situation.

It is customary for Barca players to have extortionate minimum fee release clauses inserted into their contracts to stop them from leaving.

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But as it stands, the Blaugrana are yet to tie down the midfielder to fresh terms which could open the door for one of Europe’s heavyweights to snatch him for a cut-price fee.

Reports in Catalonia suggest the club have made it priority to offer their academy graduate improved terms in an attempt to ward off interest from potential suitors.

And they could reach an agreement as it is believed Gavi favours continuing his development at Barca rather than moving abroad at such a young age.

Despite making only three senior appearances for the Catalan giants, Gavi was called up to the Spanish senior squad by Luis Enrique for their Nations League clash against Italy.

And the teenager was thrown straight into the action, with his all-action performance in the midfield catching the eye of pundits and his team-mates.

Spain went on to win 2-1 to end the Azzurri’s 37-match unbeaten run and his manager Luis Enrique was left stunned by Gavi's mature display.

"It's not normal that he plays like that [at 17],” he told reporters.

“He's a player with personality, enviable physical conditions and he plays our style of football. He plays like he's at school or in his garden at home.

"It's a pleasure to have a player with that quality and character with us. We can say that he's the national team's present, not [just] the future."

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