Reports suggest that Chelsea are in discussions to sign Barcelona wonderkid Gavi, who will be available on a free transfer in the summer. The midfielder is considered one of the best young players in the world and has been a key part of Barcelona’s success this season, helping them to a 13-point lead at the top of the Spanish league table. In 2022, Gavi won both the Golden Boy and Kopa Trophy, awarded to the best U21 player in the world, beating out competition from Jude Bellingham and Bukayo Saka.
However, off the pitch, Gavi is currently involved in a contract dispute between his club and La Liga. Last September, he signed a new contract to keep him at the Camp Nou until 2026, which included a clause that would allow him to leave as a free agent if Barcelona had not registered him as a first-team player by the end of the season. The club eventually did so in January, but La Liga has not recognised this due to Barcelona being in breach of their salary limit rules.
The two parties are currently disputing the matter legally, and Gavi has been forced to revert back to the No.30 shirt. He is said to be unhappy with the situation he now finds himself in, and Chelsea are reportedly looking to take advantage of this by offering him a huge contract. The Premier League side has met with Gavi and his family to discuss a summer transfer, and the meeting is said to have gone well.
Chelsea could also tempt Gavi with the prospect of playing under former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, who remains the favourite to take over at Stamford Bridge. In the meantime, interim boss Frank Lampard will be in the dugout on Wednesday night when Chelsea takes on Real Madrid in the first-leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie. Gavi and Barcelona will next be in action on Sunday when they travel to Getafe.
If Chelsea manages to sign Gavi, they will add another young superstar to their already massive and highly expensive squad. The move could also help them in their pursuit of a top-four finish in the Premier League and success in the Champions League.