REPORT: Liverpool could sign star for free and capatalise on Barcelona’s woes

Alnutt reports that Gavi could become available for free.

Tom Alnutt of The Times reports that Liverpool are one of the club’s keeping tabs on Gavi’s current situation at Barcelona.

Gavi’s contract has yet to be registered by La Liga due to Barcelona’s current financial situation.

Gavi has already played 17 times for the Spanish national team.

Alnutt reports that Gavi could even become available on a free transfer. Barcelona are currently in a dispute with La Liga over the player’s contract.

Alnutt writes:

“Liverpool and City have admired Gavi for a while although the chances of tempting him away from Barcelona have always seemed remote. However, interested clubs have been encouraged by a disagreement between the Catalans and La Liga over Gavi’s contract, which has echoes of Lionel Messi’s shock departure in 2021.”

Gavi was previously on a youth-team contract at Barcelona but the club agreed a new deal with the Spaniard in September worth about €8 million a year. The contract made Gavi a senior player and set his release clause at €1 billion, the amount Barcelona notionally use to indicate a player is indispensable. 

He continues:

However, that clause will become null and void if Gavi’s contract is not ratified by La Liga, which insists Barcelona cannot register the player because of the league’s financial rules, which limit spending on salaries and transfers relative to income. “We have not let Barcelona sign players this winter and they will not be able to sign players next summer,” La Liga president, Javier Tebas, said this month.

If Gavi’s senior contract is cancelled, he would revert to his youth-team deal and then become available for free.

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