Liverpool target Barcelona star on a free transfer after major contract blunder

Liverpool and Manchester City are monitoring Gavi’s situation at Barcelona as the 18-year-old could become available on a free transfer this summer, according to reports.

Barcelona agreed a new long-term contract, which includes a €1 billion (£883m) release clause, with Gavi in September but La Liga attempted to block the deal as it claims that Barca are unable to afford the midfielder’s €8m (£7.1m)-a-year salary.

Barcelona were given a temporary court ruling so that Gavi could be registered but the Spanish club have now been accused of missing the deadline to file a lawsuit against La Liga’s initial decision.

Barcelona are able to submit an appeal but as things stand, Gavi will go back to his Juvenil A contract, which means he will be available to sign as a free agent until his registration is given the green light.

According to The Times, both Liverpool and City are keeping tabs on Gavi’s contract situation as Barcelona look for a resolution.

The report claims that Jurgen Klopp’s side have a long-standing interest and enquired about the 18-year-old last year before he agreed a new contract.

When asked about Gavi’s registration, La Liga president Javier Tebas said on Monday: ‘Gavi is available to Xavi and he will be able to play in the Clasico because it is a registration problem in the first team, he will be able to play with a youth card, as he was doing.

‘It has been decided that his registration was out of date for one day, Barca will appeal and the judge will decide, but it is quite clear.

‘Barca do not have a salary budget for the coming season because they started in negative terms, but until June 30 they have time to release funds for their budget.’

Earlier this month, Tebas claimed that Barcelona will not be able to sign any new players this summer until they trim their squad.

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