Liverpool & Man United express interest in young midfielder earning Francesco Totti comparisons

    Liverpool & Man United express interest in young midfielder earning Francesco Totti comparisons

    Liverpool and Manchester United are both expressing an interest in FC Barcelona starlet Gavi, according to reports stemming from Spain.

    Barcelona’s academy

    If FC Barcelona are going to once again become one of the most dominant sides in Europe, they will, amidst their financial woes, likely need to rely heavily on young talent.

    And, thankfully for Barca, their famed La Masia youth academy has again begun providing the club’s first-team with plenty of young stars.

    Pedri (not actually a Blaugrana youth product), who enjoyed a superb Euro 2020 with Spain, along with Ansu Fati, are two of the more well-known young stars currently earning their stripes with the Catalans.

    Elsewhere, though, Barcelona boast plenty of other up-and-coming talent, including Nico Gonzalez, Oscar Mingueza and Gavi.

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    And it is the latter of this trio who now appears to have caught the eye of some of Europe’s top clubs.

    Gavi linked with Man United & Liverpool

    Gavi is a 17-year-old La Masia product who has made seven appearances for Barcelona’s senior side, all of which have come during the 2021/22 campaign.

    He is a fairly versatile attacking midfielder, who has been earning high praise of late.

    Demetrio Albertini – former AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona star – recently likened Gavi to AS Roma and Italy legend, Francesco Totti.

    Gavi is an exception, he is Francesco Totti, let’s call him that. But in Spain there is a training course that also includes second teams, where talent is confronted with experience. A talented player can be seen right away, there he has courage and you give him the opportunity, without fear.”

    And now, the Daily Star, citing Spanish outlet El Nacional, write that Liverpool and Manchester United have expressed an interest in signing the teenage starlet, and could face competition from PSG.

    It is added that Gavi has a €50 million release clause inserted into his contract. And though Barcelona have reportedly made it a priority to offer their academy graduate improved terms, an agreement has not yet been found.

    Could Liverpool or Man United swoop in before the Blaugrana tie Gavi down to a new deal with a much higher release clause?

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