Gavi would surely become one of the world’s best-ever bargains if Liverpool prised the Spain sensation from Barcelona for free. The 18-year-old’s registration with the financial-handicapped Spanish giants has been overturned by a Spanish court, which will effectively make him available for a free transfer this summer unless Barca can successfully lodge an appeal.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is known to be a big fan of the midfielder. Barca had hoped to raise his release clause to an eye-watering £880million, but Gavi might eventually be available on a free transfer if his club fail to register him after his new contract was ripped up.
Given Gavi’s talent, age and potential to become one of the world’s best midfielders, It would be one of the biggest bargains in Premier League history. Express Sport looks at the type of deals it could topple.
N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez to Leicester - combined £6m
Two of the key cogs in Leicester’s shock title win in 2015-16, Kante and Mahrez cost Leicester a combined £6m. Kante was signed that summer from French side Caen, while Mahrez had arrived from Le Havre for £500,000 a year earlier.
Add in scoring sensation Jamie Vardy, who cost £1m from Fleetwood in 2012, and Leicester truly beat all the odds on the cheap. Kante and Mahrez were sold for £32m and £60m, respectively, meaning the Foxes made around £86m in profit.
But Gavi would surely outdo this given his incredible talent. The teenager would transform Liverpool’s midfield and help them re-emerge as Premier League title contenders.
Eric Cantona to Manchester United - £1.2m
The £1.2m Manchester United paid rivals Leeds for Cantona in 1992 was a small fee even three decades ago. Gianluigi Lentini became the world’s most expensive player the same year in a deal that saw AC Milan part with £13m.
Cantona became a United icon. The eccentric Frenchman played 181 times, scored 81 goals and grabbed 61 assists. He won six trophies in his five years with the Red Devils, including four Premier League titles.
Vincent Kompany to Manchester City - £6m
Multi-Premier League winner Vincent Kompany was a £6m defensive midfielder in January 2008. It seems remarkable that the Belgian was signed prior to the Abu Dhabi football Group’s purchase of Manchester City later that year.
Kompany was converted to a central defender and went on to become one of the best in his position in Premier League history. But if Liverpool get over a decade of title-winning performances out of Gavi, he could topple the Kompany bargain.
Philippe Coutinho to Liverpool - £8.5m
Gavi would hope to have even more of an impact than Liverpool’s mega-bargain Coutinho. The Brazilian was signed from Inter Milan for just £8.5m.
Coutinho went on to become Liverpool’s key player in the first few years of Jurgen Klopp’s tenure. He was pivotal to creating the team that went on to win the Premier League, Champions League and an array of domestic cups.
Liverpool were able to reinvest strongly after receiving a whopping £137m from Barcelona to sign Coutinho in January 2018.