The Premier League’s Chelsea Football Club has set their sights on signing the young and talented Barcelona star, Gavi, in the upcoming summer transfer window. The 18-year-old is valued at a whopping 90 million euros on Transfermarkt, which reflects his potential as a future world-class player.
Gavi has had a noteworthy season, contributing 2 goals and 6 assists in a total of 40 games played for Barcelona. The Sporting Director of Chelsea, Christopher Vivell, had already met with Gavi’s agent, Ivan de la Pena, in Madrid a few weeks ago to express their interest in the player. Another meeting is scheduled to take place soon to further discuss the negotiations.
Despite signing a contract with Barcelona until 2026, Gavi’s contract is only valid if he is registered as a first-team player. As of now, the club has yet to register him, and they must adjust their wage bill to their salary limit before July. If they fail to do so, Gavi’s contract will be void, and he will be free to leave the club in the summer.
Gavi’s potential for international success has already been showcased, having played in 19 games and scoring 3 goals for Spain. Reports suggest that the player is frustrated with Barcelona’s handling of the situation and feels that the matter has not been given the importance it deserves. Chelsea’s interest in him has only added fuel to the fire.
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Chelsea is willing to offer Gavi a substantial amount, including a significant signing-on fee, which would likely be more than what Barcelona could offer. The potential signing of Luis Enrique as Chelsea’s manager would also be an added incentive for Gavi as he has already played well under the Spanish manager.
La Liga giants would have to make several major sales before the transfer window opens to register Gavi and his new deal before the summer. However, raising €180-200m in such a short amount of time appears to be unlikely. As a result, the power lies in Gavi’s hands, and Barcelona will have to persuade him to stay at the club based on sentimental reasons since Chelsea is capable of offering better terms.
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Naples-born Enzo Cattaneo has spent more than a decade living in Madrid and writing about Spanish football, German football and the Premier League for various Spanish football websites and now he writes about World football for World Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers and rumours pretty much nonstop since the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time playing Esports games.