Chelsea and Bayern planning summer swoop for Barcelona teenage prodigy

The 2021/22 season has been a memorable one for Gavi, who has become a household name in a short time thanks to his exploits on the pitch for Barcelona.

Just 17 years of age, the young midfielder was handed his opportunity with the senior team by former manager Ronald Koeman in the early parts of the campaign. And the midfielder has not looked back since, making one big stride after another in his breakthrough campaign.

Not only has he established himself as a regular in the Barça first-team setup, but the teenage prodigy has also broken into the Spanish national team. His rapid growth has seemingly attracted the interest of clubs like Bayern Munich and Chelsea, reports Diario AS.

Bayern Munich are set to part ways with Corentin Tolisso this summer with his contract expiring, while Marcel Sabitzer’s signing has proven to be a dud. So, they are in the market for a new midfield signing and are looking at Gavi as a prospective target.

As for Chelsea, the Blues are looking for a younger replacement for N’Golo Kante, who has had injury troubles and has his contract expire in 2023. Gavi, to that end, has emerged as a transfer target for the reigning champions of Europe.

Gavi’s contract with Barcelona also runs out in 2023. Talks over a renewal have been going on for a while but an agreement is yet to be arrived at. The player and his agent, Ivan de la Pena, have made it clear that they wish for Gavi to continue at Camp Nou.

However, they are expecting a contract that reflects his status within the team – a deal close to what Pedri and Ansu Fati signed with the club not long ago. However, the offers that they have received have not met those requests, leading to the negotiations dragging on.

Gavi has a release clause worth €50 million in his current deal, which Bayern and Chelsea are believed to be open to triggering if he does not sign a contract.

However, the recent sanctions imposed on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich by the UK Government could become a roadblock for the Blues in their pursuit of the 17-year-old. Bayern, though, could lure the young midfielder away, which is why it is important that Barça tie him down to a new deal.