Report: Chelsea ready to pay £42m for 'quality' midfielder who outplayed Jorginho last month

Chelsea are reportedly planning on triggering the release clause of Barcelona wonderkid Gavi.

This is according to Sport, who claim Roman Abramovich is more than keen on landing the 17-year-old talent.

Gavi has shot to stardom thanks to his performances for club and country.

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He broke through into the Barca first-team this season under the now-departed Ronald Koeman.

Already, the teenager has played 14 times for the Spanish side, four of those arriving in the Champions League.

No rain on Gavi’s Spain plane

His efforts for the Catalonians have caught the eye of the national team manager, Luis Enrique.

Four times Gavi has now been capped by Enrique, the first of which in the Nations League semi-final match versus Italy.

In playing that game, the midfielder became Spain’s youngest ever appearance maker.

For the untrained eye, it seemed the player had earned 100 caps, not one.

The youngster outplayed his senior opponents, including Chelsea’s Jorginho, who suffered along with most of his teammates that night.

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Gavi also went on to feature in the final against France.

Ahead of the match, Le Bleus boss Didier Deschamps praised the Barca prodigy.

“It’s fantastic for him being in the team,” Deschamps said.

“There are players who come into the team young and have great quality.

“He showed a lot of personality in the semi-final against Italy. His age doesn’t matter when he has so much quality.”

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It’s perhaps not a surprise that the Chelsea owner is seemingly intent on bringing Gavi to South West London.

Of course, a youthful individual of such a high calibre will come at a cost.

Sport say his release clause stands at €50m (£42m), not a bad price to pay for such a priceless prospect.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.