Pablo Pérez Gavira, Gavi, is the great feeling of a Barça sad at this start of the season. The one from Los Palacios, only seventeen years old and still of youthful age, should have been part of Sergi Barjuan’s subsidiary, but he has become a fixture in the first team calls since he convinced Ronald Koeman in the preseason and started last Saturday in a game as demanding as the one that Barça played for the Wanda Metropolitano against Atlético de Madrid.
Since he debuted at the end of August against Getafe, becoming the fourth youngest player in club history to debut in the league, has participated in five league games and two of Champions, being a starter in the last three league games, against Cádiz, Levante and Atlético de Madrid. His good work has also helped him Luis Enrique has called him up in a surprising way for the senior team that this week will play the Nations League in Italian territory. Gavi has already joined the group.
Improvement and expansion
The rapid ascent of Gavi, already becoming one of the fashionable players in European football, has already reacted to the sports management of Barça, who wants to improve and extend the contract of one of the footballers who should be part of the backbone of the first team in the next decade together with the Ansu, Pedri, Nico, Araújo, Riqui and company. Shielding Gavi is one of the next objectives of the Blaugrana sports management, which has already begun to test the player’s representative, Iván de la Peña, although so far in an informal way. Gavi, who came to Barça at the age of eleven and has always been one of the footballers called to play in the first team, signed his renewal just over a year ago, when he finished his time as a cadet. The then manager responsible for grassroots football, Xavi Vilajoana, reached an agreement with the player’s representative until June 30, 2023, placing a termination clause of 50 million euros. Gavi went directly to youth A, but last season he already debuted in the subsidiary with García Pimienta and this season he is already one of the first team. So the club is obliged to review that contract so that the player does not have any temptation.
As long as possible
The objective of Barça is tie Gavi as far as regulations allow, improve the player’s record according to his great performance and his prominence in the first team and also increase his termination clause, placing it at 500 million euros, as he has done with two other homegrown players, Nico González and Alejandro Balde, who have renewed their contracts this summer. Barça intends to tie Gavi until June 30, 2026, but first it will assess and study with the player’s representative, Iván de la Peña, the contractual regulations regarding minors. According to FIFA regulations, No contracts of more than three years can be made to players under the age of eighteen. Spanish law, on the other hand, allows these contracts to have a maximum extension of five years. The two regulations will be studied in the negotiations between the club and the player’s representative.
The club would like to tie the player until 2026, with a five-year contract, although formulas such as a 3 + 2, with an automatic renewal clause, could also be studied. This formula was already used by Barça when they last renewed Ansu Fati. A two-year contract was then signed with a clause of automatic renewal for two more years whose validity is now being discussed by the player’s representative.
At the club they are sure that Gavi will renew and remain at the club for many years because the Andalusian’s desire has always been to succeed at Barça. He already rejected important offers from England when he finished his cadet stage.