Manchester United ‘would love’ to sign Gavi from FC Barcelona and could be helped if Manchester City sell Bernardo Silva to the La Liga giants, Graeme Bailey of 90Min reports.
Gavi, an 18-year-old central midfielder, verbally agreed to sign a new contract earlier this year.
Barcelona, however, were unable to find the funds for his improved deal during the transfer window.
The Catalan giants are now looking to finalise the agreement, with the player’s current terms due to expire at the end of the season.
Bailey took to Twitter to share the latest on Gavi, revealing that United have communicated their interest.
But Barcelona are optimistic that they will be able to keep hold of him and see off his suitors.
He wrote: “Barcelona confident Gavi contract agreement is close despite fresh transfer interest.
“Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool would all love to take brilliant Spaniard and have made it known.”
In the attached story, he adds that Gavi’s representatives ‘were ready to commit to a new deal’ but have grown frustrated with the delays. And they’ve also been left miffed by Barcelona’s pursuit of another midfielder in Man City’s Silva.
United are among the clubs to have held ‘meetings’ about Gavi’s situation as interested parties rekindle their interest.
In Europe, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are all back on his trail too.
It’s no wonder that so many elite sides are trying to sign Gavi.
After all, alongside Real Madrid’s Eduardo Camavinga, he’s viewed as a frontrunner for this year’s Golden Boy Award.
That award goes to the player deemed the best under-21 talent in world football, and previous winners include Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Kylian Mbappe.
France manager Didier Deschamps has predicted that Gavi will enjoy a ‘long and beautiful’ career, Spain boss Luis Enrique says he’s a ‘volcano‘ who plays football ‘as if he were in a schoolyard’ and Xavi has dubbed him ‘spectacular‘.
If United can snap up a generational talent, it would be seen as a huge victory from John Murtough.
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