After months of discussions and back and forth, Barcelona have finally been able to reach an agreement with midfield sensation Gavi over a new contract, reports SPORT.
The 17-year-old enjoyed an amazing success last season, becoming a pillar in the middle of the park despite his youth. Gavi ended the campaign with the appearance of the first team of over 40, playing a key role in finishing the club in second place in La Liga.
In addition, the youth prodigy has formed the Spanish national team again, becoming a key member of Luis Enrique’s team after an exciting performance eight months ago.
Given his uncontrollable strength and level of youth, Barcelona were determined to ensure that his long-term future was tied to the club.
Gavi’s current contract expires in 2023 and comes with a release clause of 50 million euros, which a few Premier League clubs aim to start. However, the La Masia graduate remained adamant in his bid to stay in Barcelona and sign a new contract, which has disappointed fans.
Despite his insistence, contract negotiations took longer than expected as both sides were at odds over wages. Barça was offering him a lower package than Ronald Araujo as he was only 17 years old and is considered a future star.
Gavi’s camp, on the other hand, demands equal pay for the Uruguayan defender and other stars such as Ansu Fati and Pedri, as they see the 17-year-old already as a permanent first team under Xavi.
However, after much negotiation, the two parties reached an agreement, Gavi is expected to receive a lower salary than Araujo, but will be reviewed soon, based on his performance and growth.
According to the report, there is an agreement for Gavi to extend his stay in Barça until 2026, and his release clause will also increase to € 1 billion.
However, the official signing will have to wait until July 11, when the midfielder will return from holiday and join the pre-season camp after hosting the UEFA Nations League last month.
Although the midfielder has been adamant he is not considering leaving, Gavi’s contract extension will still be a major relief for Barcelona.