Barcelona set to award €1 billion release clause to La Masia duo
Amidst all the talks of transfer targets for the summer, Barcelona seem to have made some crucial progress with regard to the contract extension of two of their rising stars, Gavi and Ronald Araujo.
Gavi is enjoying his breakthrough campaign at Barça. The La Masia prospect has become one of the most exciting young players across the globe with his all-action, full-hearted displays endearing him to the Barcelona faithful in a short time.
The 17-year-old has already made 31 appearances for the Blaugrana, scoring two goals and registering four assists. His rise to prominence has led to admiring glances from several top clubs from across the continent, particularly in England, where Liverpool are keen.
Gavi’s current contract expires in 2023 while it also has a release clause worth €50 million, which the cash-rich Premier League clubs would not have a problem triggering.
As for Araujo, he has built on a strong finish to the last season and has become an indispensable figure at the heart of the Catalan giants’ defence. The 22-year-old has been an ever-present figure when fit and available, impressing onlookers with his aggression and leadership.
In 20 La Liga matches this term, the defender has chipped in with three goals. But, like Gavi, the Uruguayan’s contract also expires in 2023, which had led to serious interest from clubs in England, with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool being linked.
Barcelona close in on Gavi, Araujo extensions
However, as per the latest reports from SPORT, Barcelona are inching closer to securing the long-term futures of the duo. Indeed, it is claimed that the Catalans are hoping to tie up the contract extensions before the end of March, potentially after the Clasico against Real Madrid on the 20th.
The report adds that Gavi has been offered a five-year contract which would include a massive release clause worth €1 billion. Talks are not exactly in the final stages but they are expected to pick up pace in the coming days.
As for Araujo, the report does not mention the duration of the contract being offered, but he too will see his current €200 million release clause be raised to €1 billion.
Despite clubs in England being ready to offer him a bigger salary, the 22-year-old has always desired to continue at Camp Nou. And even though there were some hiccups in negotiations, everything is expected to resolve in the weeks to come.