Liverpool-linked Gavi could leave Barcelona for free this summer, with La Liga set to return his status to to that of an academy player due to ongoing financial issues.
Liverpool has aimed high with its midfield targets over the past few years. But Jürgen Klopp has had an established group of trusted lieutenants occupying his team’s engine room in recent times — from Jordan Henderson to James Milner to Gini Wijnaldum — which explains why the Reds have refraining from getting involved in the transfer market.
Rather than signing just any midfielder to bolster his midfield, Klopp has prioritized elite quality. It is why no alternative was sourced when the club failed to land Aurélien Tchouaméni last summer, and it is why Liverpool has been willing to wait more than a year to sign Jude Bellingham, who could yet join at the end of the campaign.
Mason Mount is another ambitious target considering he’s currently contracted to Chelsea, an arch-rival in the Premier League. All of the signs suggest the Reds are being bold when it comes to upgrading the middle of the park, with Gavi proving to be a further target who would be almost impossible to acquire.
Just 18 years old, the Barcelona wonderkid is destined for greatness. He is a regular starter for Xavi at the Camp Nou, and he possesses quality far beyond his years, which captures why Liverpool admire what he offers on the pitch.
Klopp’s name is associated with pressing and intensity, and Gavi personifies those qualities. In fact, the numbers attached to his season highlight just how much of an aggressive presser he is, with the Spaniard very eager to put his opponents under pressure despite being a baby-faced presence in comparison to some of his peers.
This season, based on his displays in La Liga, Gavi ranks in the 99th percentile of midfielders for possession-adjusted pressures, while also ranking in the 96th percentile for pressure regains. He is a true workhorse when his teammates do not have the ball, while also being skillful and cunning when in possession.
Like Tchouaméni, Bellingham and Mount, the youthful Spaniard should be virtually impossible to secure in the transfer market, but that doesn’t seem to be the case due to Barcelona’s ongoing financial concerns.
According to The Athletic, La Liga are set to demote Gavi’s status to that of a Barcelona academy player, which means the bumper release clause that had been inserted into his now de-registered contract will cease to apply. Not only that, he could now theoretically leave for nothing in the summer, which is clearly a significant development.
Liverpool’s current position in the Premier League table suggests the Reds shouldn’t stand a chance of attracting Gavi to Anfield, but given his undeniable alignment with Klopp’s proactive playing style, perhaps he could be convinced to make the switch to English shores.
Barcelona is still in control of the situation but once the summer arrives, that could no longer be the case. If he does become a surprise commodity in the coming months, Liverpool should do everything it can to take advantage of the mismanagement in Catalonia.