Due to the club’s poor financial situation, Gavi has been removed as a first-team player from Barcelona’s squad list on the official La Liga website.
In order for Barcelona to compete next season, La Liga had previously instructed them to reduce their debt by €200 million. At this point, it appears impossible for Barcelona to make any additional signings outside of free transfers and loans next summer.
When Barcelona lost Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2021, they were €1.35 billion in debt. Despite Joan Laporta’s activation of “financial levers,” which essentially involve the sale of a portion of future earnings, the club is still in trouble.
They invested €150 million in Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, and Jules Kounde last summer, but after losing in the Champions League group stage, Manchester United eliminated them from the competition in the Europa League knock-out phase play-offs.
Barcelona at least hoped to be able to offer Gavi, a graduate of the academy, a new deal with a €1 billion release clause that also stated that he would inherit the No. 6 shirt originally worn by head coach Xavi.
Gavi is available for free
However, La Liga rejected that registration, therefore Gavi continues to retain the status of an academy player and is free to depart at the end of the season.
And as users check their website, they notice that Gavi is no longer flanked by European football’s Golden Boy, Ferran Torres, and Franck Kessie, who were previously listed on Barca’s roster list.
This season, Gavi will still be eligible to participate in La Liga games, and the player is eager to remain at Camp Nou after just agreeing to new terms.
Liverpool and Manchester City of the Premier League are now on high alert, though, as the chance to sign such a gifted youngster for free is too good to pass up.