Liverpool ready to pay £42m release clause to sign midfielder Gavi from Barcelona | Soccer

Barcelona midfielder Gavi is on Liverpool's radar

Gavi is on Liverpool’s radar (Getty)

Liverpool have indicated they are willing to pay the €50m (£42.2m) release clause for the signing Barcelona midfielder Gavi, according to reports in Spain.

Jurgen Klopp has been looking to bolster his midfield options in the summer transfer window and Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni has been one of their top targets.

This year’s Champions League finalists had agreed a deal with the 22-year-old but it’s understood the midfielder would prefer to join Real Madrid, who have also agreed personal terms.

According to Sport, Liverpool are reviewing alternatives to Tchouameni and have identified Gavi as a summer destination.

The report claims that Liverpool see Gavi as a “great market opportunity” as they are willing to pay his €50million (£42.2million) release clause.

It is claimed that Klopp has also been impressed by Gavi’s performances for Barca, while Liverpool’s scouting department is following the 17-year-old’s rapid rise in Spain.

Gavi's contract with Barcelona expires next year

Gavi’s contract with Barcelona expires next year (Getty)

Barcelona have offered Gavi a new contract with his current deal set to expire next year.

But earlier this week, Barca president Joan Laporta admitted he was worried that Gavi hadn’t signed the new deal.

“His representative has had the extension offer on the table for a long time. We have no news that he accepted it,” Laporta told L’Esportiu.

Asked if the club were concerned about Gavi’s decision not to accept the offer just yet, Laporta replied: “Yes, because we don’t understand it.

“He’s a player we all like, he’s 17 years old, has a present and a great future at Barca and we don’t understand why his representative plays and compares.

“I think the club’s proposal is more than acceptable within our salary level.”

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