Liverpool can exploit Barcelona ‘meltdown’ with transfer of ‘Andrés Iniesta-like’ midfielder

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Barcelona and financial issues are in the news again. For much of the last year, the Spanish giants have hit the headlines not for what they did on the pitch (which was not a lot), but for what was happening off it.

Their financial situation had reached critical levels of recklessness, and the end result of years of financial mismanagement was the inability to retain their greatest ever player in Lionel Messi, who left to join the mega riches of Paris Saint-Germain.

The club somehow found money down the back of a sofa somewhere in La Masia to sign Ferran Torres from Manchester City, and made a few other signings, such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Adama Traore. Yet their financial troubles never really went away: they more just faded into the background for a period.

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Now it comes to light that Barcelona cannot register incoming signings Franck Kessié and Andreas Christensen. Both players are due to arrive as free transfers following the expiration of their contracts at Milan and Chelsea.

Yet it’s being reported that Barca cannot register them with La Liga ahead of next season due to their still precarious financial situation, and that, like last summer, they will have to offload more players in order to free up financial space to register any further new arrivals. A figure as high as € 500m (£ 425m) has been put out there, even, as what Barcelona need to raise to avoid ‘financial meltdown’.

With the club showing unfathomable optimism is trying to sign Robert Lewandowski also, the club will need to make financial sacrifices, selling key players who have value as opposed to fringe players who aren’t on big wages or command a massive transfer fee.

And Liverpool could very well exploit this situation.

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Frenkie De Jong is one player who has been linked with a move to England time and again over the last few months, but Liverpool could also make a move for teenage midfielder Gavi.

Gavi has been linked with Liverpool several times over the course of the last few months, and those rumors aren’t going away. It has been stated that Gavi is not happy with the new contract Barca are offering, conditioned of course by their financial plight.

It’s also been reported that Liverpool are ready to activate his release clause, set at just £ 42m, to prize him away from Catalonia. Moreover, Liverpool are able to pay him the kind of salary he is demanding from Barcelona without too much trouble.

Should Sadio Mané leave Liverpool, as is now expected, then the club could take a portion of the Mané money and redirect it to signing Gavi.

Signing Gavi would signify the next step in Jürgen Klopp’s midfield evolution, and given his young age, he could be a mainstay in the Liverpool midfield for the next decade.

Gavi is almost a mix between Xavi and Andrés Iniesta in terms of playing style, and his rise has been meteoric in the last 12 months. Gavi’s best work tends to come playing in the center of midfield, but with Fabinho being the No.1 choice in that role, Gavi would have to adjust slightly and play either side of the Brazilian.

Considering his talent and precocious age, Klopp would no doubt relish the chance to work with Gavi, and to improve and refine his game. Midfield is an area the club needs to invest in this summer, and Gavi would be an astute choice to reboot the area. Moreover, it would be a long-term investment.

With Barca’s financial situation not looking like improving anytime soon, and La Liga handcuffing their ability to operate in the transfer market, Liverpool could – and should – take full advantage.

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