Barcelona met with Gavi’s Ivan de la Pena once more on Wednesday to discuss the 17-year-old’s contract extension but yet again failed to reach an agreement.
The two parties are apparently “getting closer” but aren’t there yet. There are still a few details yet to be ironed out, including the length of the contract.
✍️ (GAVI): There is an agreement b/w Barcelona and Gavi's agent on the duration of the contract until 2026 with a €1Bn release clause, but not on the salary.
• Next week there will be another meeting. Gavi will renew, but it's not imminent yet.
Via (🟢): @HelenaCondis [cope]
— Barça Buzz (@Barca_Buzz) June 22, 2022
It’s been previously reported before that Gavi will sign on until 2027 and the deal will include a €1 billion release clause, similar to the renewals handed out to Pedri, Ansu and Ronald Araujo. But now reports suggest differently.
There’s never really been any doubts that Gavi will stay at Barcelona. But the slow progress in his contract talks is probably something the club could do without right now.
Barca president Joan Laporta has said recently the club are “close” to an agreement and the midfielder wants to continue at the Camp Nou.
“We are optimistic. Obviously, we want Gavi to continue at Barca,” he said. “We are close to reaching an agreement. It’s more special for us because he [Gavi] comes from our youth ranks. All of us want Gavi to stay. The player and his agent want it too.”
Mateu Alemany and De La Pena are expected to meet again shortly, possibly new week, at which point hopefully an agreement can finally be found.