New era has begun at Barcelona after a tumultuous period over the last 18months and Xavi has wasted no time in putting in the work at the club.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona have focused their attention of resolving the long-term future of Gavi and Ousmane Dembele.
Gavi’s contract doesn’t expire until the summer of 2023, and while Barcelona are yet to contact his representative, Ivan de la Pena, they intend on doing so soon.
Gavi has been a revelation this season, astounding observers with his technical quality and fearlessness on the ball and establishing himself as a fixture in both Barcelona’s midfield and La Roja’s.
Barcelona’s intention is to offer him a contract similar to Nico’s. He’s still just 17 and so technically a minor, meaning the most he can sign is a three-year deal. The thing Barcelona are most concerned about is his release clause. As of right now it stands at just €50m, leaving Barcelona vulnerable should a moneyed heavyweight come in for him all guns blazing.
Another name on the club’s list for renewal is Ousmane Dembele and the club is desperate to ensure the renewal is made possible for the winger as the club can not afford to lose him on a free transfer.
Xavi Hernandez has publicly spoken about his admiration of the player. The Spaniard hopes to make Dembele a vital part of his setup and went as far as to say that he could be one of the best players in his position.
Dembele’s talent has not gone unnoticed as multiple Premier League sides are said to be looking to sign the young winger including Manchester City, Manchester United, and Newcastle United, according to multiple reports.
These premier league sides could offer him as much as €12 million a season with an additional €20 million as a signing bonus.
Barcelona’s financial situation does not permit them such luxury in terms of renewals. That said, the club have presented Dembele with an offer consisting of a base salary that could increase based on the number of games played.
Although Dembele is free to negotiate with new clubs from the first of January. It remains to be seen if he chooses money over a chance to succeed at Barcelona.