Bayern Munich makes shock move for Barcelona wonderkid Pablo Gavi as he made decision on deadline day.
The summer 2022 transfer window has finally closed with Barcelona making no less than eight new acquisitions.
Barça’s ability to retain their best players in the summer, especially in the face of numerous rumors about their futures, was possibly another noteworthy accomplishment.
One such player was Gavi, whose transfer story earlier this summer was extensively covered in a recent SportBild piece.
According to the German news source, Bayern Munich, the reigning German champions, had Gavi on their “secret shopping list.” The juggernauts of the Bundesliga view the Barcelona wonderkid as a long-term prospect with the ability to rise to the top of his field.
Bayern had even enquired about the prospect of signing Gavi and had gathered the pertinent details regarding his predicament at Barcelona.
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At the moment, the young man’s future in Catalonia was unknown, especially since his contract was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2022–2023 season. It means that Barça ran the risk of losing him to a deal that seemed too good to be true.
Liverpool had even thought about offering €50 million to Bayern Munich to acquire the midfielder.
Gavi may not have been prepared to leave Barcelona at the time, according to the article. He was eager to continue his professional career at Camp Nou because he liked Xavi and his tactical system. His retention at the team had been a top priority for Barcelona’s boss.
Additionally, Gavi was aware that a lengthy stay at Barcelona would significantly increase his chances of being chosen for the Spanish national team to compete in the impending 2022 FIFA World Cup. Therefore, relocating to Bayern was never an option.
Gavi has remained at Barcelona, but despite an agreement being in place, his contract renewal has not yet been formalized. The 18-year-old will likely receive the #6 jersey in January and be added to the first-team roster.