League of Nations / Mercato: Gavi, the heart of Spain and the anxiety of Barça

League of Nations / Mercato: Gavi, the heart of Spain and the anxiety of Barça


This is a small coincidence that has not gone completely unnoticed. In Seville on Thursday, Gavi left the field in the 81st minute of the match between Spain and Portugal. To the applause of the audience of Benito-Villamarin, conquered by the performance of the 17-year-old midfielder trained at Betis, far beyond his remarkable work on the opening of the Spanish score by Alvaro Morata. La Roja was still in front of the billboard at the time. Only a minute after the Barcelonais left, this was no longer the case. And Luis Enrique’s team had to settle for a frustrating draw against the Portuguese (1-1).

Do you miss a being and everything is depopulated? The shortcut is obviously too fast. And Luis Enrique was careful not to take it by saying after the meeting that no one was “iindisputable“But in fact, the Barcelona midfielder has established himself as an immovable holder of the Spanish national team since his debut in the final phase of the last League of Nations last October. During this period, La Roja has played seven matches. and Gavi started six times, with Spain only losing one period to France in the League of Nations final (1-2), five wins and a draw against Portugal. .

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“A single player”

The Barcelona midfield is certainly not there for nothing in the renewal of La Roja. The results of the Selection justify the confidence placed in him by Luis Enrique, under the charm of his player. “I feel like Gavi is still a stranger in Spanish footballhe launched after the draw against Portugal. His game is not only about running: he fights, but he is also a very high level player on the offensive level, a pure inner player, able to use both feet, to score goals, who has a great last pass … He has huge physical potential for an 18 year old player (Gavi will have them on August 5, ed.). Honestly, you’ll understand that in the future, but he’s a single player. “

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An already ultra-complete profile, while Gavi still has a significant margin for improvement given his age. Spain already knew she was holding a little gem, but she got confirmation match after match. As Barça have been able to experience this season. The midfield has made 46 appearances in all competitions and has established itself, here too, as a driving force in the Catalan midfield. Although Luis Enrique believes that Gavi is not necessarily recognized at its fair value. “When he plays for Barça, his defensive qualities are often highlighted, but Gavi is much more than that. ” launched the Spanish coach on Thursday.

Laporta-De La Peña, frying on the line

Precisely. FC Barcelona have already had time to gauge how much Gavi is a huge challenge for the club’s future. Much like Pedri, whom Barça managed to extend. But the Gavi case seems more complicated given the difficulties. Negotiations with Ivan de la Peña, now a former Blaugrana player’s agent, are particularly difficult for the extension of a contract that expires in a year. “The agent has had an extension offer on the table for a long timerevealed the president of Barcelona Joan Laporta at the end of May in the columns of L’Esportiu. We have no news. All we know is that he is comparing everything and that at some point he will have to say something. We have been informed of our position, and for the time being, the player’s agent does not accept it. “

Gavi’s situation is an anguish for Barça. The Catalan club’s cash flow difficulties do not allow it to make a significant financial effort for its young midfielder. The player, on the other hand, never hid his desire to continue his career at FC Barcelona. And his agent wouldn’t necessarily push for a departure from his client. But de la Peña was a little scalded by Laporta’s statements and Marca indicated at the end of May that Gavi’s agent was left without news from the Barcelona management for a new offer. She ended up falling, according to Fabrizio Romano.

An estimated clause of 50 million

The Italian journalist, a market specialist, even hinted that the trend was more towards optimism on the Barcelona side. However, the differences of opinion with the Catalan leadership, and the tension that has developed between the two parties, do not necessarily favor an agreement. And rumors of a possible extra-sporting affair involving his teammate Gérard Piqué do not fix the situation. But for Barça, there is an emergency. Not only because Gavi’s contract expires in a year, but also because it includes a release clause estimated at 50 million euros according to the Spanish press. It makes the Barcelona environment a particularly attractive target on the market.

Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Chelsea have already positioned themselves. But at the limit, it is almost surprising that there are no more suitors given Gavi’s talent, potential and contractual situation. The performance of the Spanish midfielder against Portugal is already likely to rekindle the lust for him. From this point of view, the three matches still scheduled for Spain this June do not play in Barça’s favor. They will be so many opportunities for Gavi to assert himself a little more like the heart of La Roja. And for Barcelona, ​​to see his jewel shine so brightly that he might well end up slipping it between his fingers.

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