17-year-old Barcelona gem turns down first contract renewal offer from club – report
Barcelona have been dealt with a minor setback in their attempt to renew the contract of midfield prodigy Gavi, according to SPORT.
The 17-year-old La Masia graduate broke into the senior team under Ronald Koeman earlier this season and has quickly become an integral member of the team despite his young age.
The midfielder has also broken into the Spanish national team and made a huge impression in the UEFA Nations League last year.
One of the finest prospects to have come through the youth ranks at Barça, he has made 26 senior appearances, scoring two goals, including one in the weekend’s 4-2 win over Atletico Madrid. He also has three assists to go along with.
The teenager’s contract situation, however, has become a bit of a concerning issue for the club. Gavi’s current deal expires in less than eighteen months and Barcelona are hoping to tie him down with a new long-term contract.
Talks have been opened over an extension, but as per the report mentioned above, Gavi has rejected the Catalan giants’ first proposal. It explains that the salary being offered by the club does not meet the Spanish international’s expectations.
Much like Ronald Araujo, Gavi is seeking terms that would reflect his current status in the team. With Barcelona having handed Ansu Fati and Gavi new contracts worth €6 million-a-year, Araujo and Gavi, too, are hoping for a similar pay packet.
However, Barça have handed them contract proposals with lower terms due to the salary cap limits. It has led to Gavi now rejecting the offer. But the report clarifies that the midfielder and his camp are completely committed to the club and want to renew with the club.
It is expected that a compromise could be reached as contract negotiations continue. Gavi’s rise in stature has seen him attract admirers from across Europe, with Liverpool believed to be among the clubs keen. So, it is imperative that Barça act swiftly to put the matter to bed.