Liverpool 'ready to trigger Barcelona wonderkid Gavi's £43m buyout clause' as they join Chelsea in transfer race

LIVERPOOL are ready to trigger Barcelona wonderkid Gavi's £43million buyout clause, reports say.

The teen starlet has broken into the first-team set-up at the Nou Camp this season and has made a big impression in 13 LaLiga appearances.

His contract expires in 2023 but according to Elnacional, the midfielder is stalling on extending his deal.

It comes with the club seventh in the league and still struggling even with Barca legend Xavi in charge.

Gavi is said to have a£43m clause in his contract, which many teams are believed to be interested in paying.

Liverpool are among them with manager Jurgen Klopp keen to add a central midfielder into his side.

But Chelsea and Bayern Munich are two others linked with the 17-year-old.

Barca are also said to be considering increasing Gavi's clause to a huge sum of £840m – just as they did with Ansu Fati and Pedri.

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The Catalans are determined to hold on to their prized assets, with Gerard Pique likening Gavi and Pedri to Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

Pedri is reportedly keen to put pen to paper on a new deal which would extend his stay until 2026.

But Barca face a fight to convince their current and rising stars to stay put after being dumped out of the Champions League.

A 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich in Germany saw them fail to progress into the knockout stages for the first time in 21 years, adding further misery to their already disastrous season.

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