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Man United dealt a transfer blow in their pursuit of 17-year-old Spanish midfield prodigy

Manchester United transfer target Gavi offered long term contract by Barcelona.
Manchester United transfer target Gavi offered long term contract by Barcelona. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

Barcelona offer Manchester United target Gavi a new long term contract

According to the transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano on Twitter, Barcelona have proposed a long term contract offer to Gavi to fight off interest from interested parties. He has risen to the top of world football in a short period and was excellent in the last two matches for the national team recently.

The Spain international’s promise has not gone unnoticed as several Premier League sides have turned their gaze towards him for a future move. Man United are one among them, with Erik ten Hag looking to strengthen his midfield ahead of the next season. Liverpool and Manchester City are also touted as some of the potential suitors who want to secure the midfielder’s services.

Barca have taken the next step to fend off these interests by offering a five-year contract to the 17-year-old. His current deal expires at the end of the next campaign, which prompted them to take this decision. Talks are set to resume in the next few days, with a massive €1billion release clause being included in the agreement as well.

Manchester United transfer target Gavi offered long term contract by Barcelona.
Manchester United admire Barcelona youngster Gavi. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Look elsewhere

We are desperate for several midfield additions at once, considering how Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard will be leaving Old Trafford this summer. Replacing them would be a hefty task indeed, and signing Gavi could have helped us, considering how he has already proven his worth at the top level.

Furthermore, it would not have cost much for us to sign a top talent like Gavi anyway, looking at his measly release clause of £42million that is in his current contract. However, it appears that the Catalans are unwilling to sell him, unlike the case with Frenkie de Jong, despite their financial troubles.

Moreover, Gavi himself wants to remain at Camp Nou, which would have been a major obstacle even if we had triggered his current release clause. Hence, it would be best if we divert our attention towards other targets who are willing to move to Carrington this summer.

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The Reds and Man City would have posed stern challenges for us even if the Blaugrana youngster was open to leaving Xavi Hernandez’s side. Now since the midfield is an area that we must bolster ahead of the next term, it would be best if we prepare a shortlist consisting of alternative options to back ten Hag in the upcoming market.

That being said, nothing is finalised just yet, even if the chances of breakage in negotiations seem to be slim as of now. Hence, it would be best if we just keep tabs on the discussions at this moment while actively pursuing other choices who are more achievable this summer.

Written by Rijo Sam Daniel

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