Liverpool set to make another bargain after the success of Coutinho
Following the footsteps of Philippe Coutinho, Gavi can be the highest bargain signing for Liverpool, as his style of play is literally tailor-made for Liverpool’s system.
Liverpool FC are rumored to be interested in signing young midfielder Gavi from Barcelona during the upcoming summer transfer window.
Gavi – Perfect for Klopp’s tactics
The 18-year-old Spaniard has been making waves in the football world since his debut for Barcelona in 2021. Alongside the naturally gifted and technical Pedri – another teenage Spain international – he is seen as a natural successor to Xavi and Iniesta.
Gavi’s playing style, which involves a high work rate, tactical intelligence, and technical ability, makes him a good fit for Jurgen Klopp’s pressing game at Liverpool.
The Reds have also been linked with midfielders Jude Bellingham and Mason Mount, but Gavi’s potential as a long-term investment makes him an attractive option for the club.
Gavi is currently under contract with Barcelona, but due to some complicated rules in La Liga regarding promoting youth talents to the first team and the fact that Barcelona are not allowed to register new signings at the moment, the midfielder may be available on a free transfer at the end of the season.
This has led to speculation that Liverpool could sign him for nothing, which would be a major coup for the club.
Gavi following the footsteps of Coutinho transfer to Liverpool?
If Liverpool does manage to sign Gavi, it could be the club’s biggest bargain ever. The closest comparison to Gavi among Liverpool’s recent bargain signings is Philippe Coutinho, who was signed for a snip at £8m before being sold on for a record fee of £142m.
CIES values Gavi at €180m (£160m), meaning Liverpool could potentially make an even bigger profit on him in the future.
Liverpool’s recent success has been built on astute signings, and Gavi has the potential to be a key player for the club for the next 15 years.
Gavi’s contract situation at Barca
The Catalan club did not lodge the player’s new contract within the specified time period and missed the ‘grace period’ of one day.
However, Barcelona are contesting the ruling that Gavi’s release clause is not currently valid, which could complicate any potential transfer, but for now, the situation is at a deadlock.
Unlike Pedri, who was signed from Las Palmas in 2020, Gavi has been at Barca since the age of 11 having been poached from the youth academy of Real Betis. As such, he has a close affiliation to the club and is unlikely to agitate for a move away.
However, a report in The Times outlines how Liverpool – alongside Manchester City – are great admirers of the player and have been given encouragement by the latest development of his contractual situation, which may allow them to pounce.
Losing Gavi would be a monumental blow for Barcelona, who have already been informed that they will be unable to sign new players in the summer unless they can raise £178 million.