Liverpool considering activating release clause of Barcelona starlet

Liverpool are looking to delve into the transfer market after a quiet summer.

Liverpool are reportedly considering activating the release clause of Barcelona youngster Gavi.

The 17-year-old has kickstarted his football career this season as he has forced his way into Barca’s first team after impressing under Ronald Koeman.

Gavi has made 13 league appearances for the La Liga side this season, as well as featuring six times in their brief Champions League campaign.

Despite only turning 17 in August, Gavi has already made four appearances for Spain - making his debut in the Nations League semi-final against Italy in October.

The midfielder has been with Barcelona since joining their academy in 2015 and, according to El Nacional, has a £42.6 million release clause in his contract.

Given Gavi’s potential and growing experience at such a young age, £42.6 million seems like a bargain if the Reds are to snap him up.

Barcelona’s crippling debt could prevent the Catalan giants from being able to pursuade the teenager to remain at Camp Nou, with only a hefty pay rise likely to tempt him.

Liverpool certainly won’t be alone in their pursuit of Gavi, with both Chelsea and Bayern Munich also thought to be monitoring the Spaniard’s situation.

With Barcelona sat seventh in La Liga, having already been knocked out of the Champions League, it looks like Xavi’s side are going to have to accept the loss of some of their biggest stars and Gavi could be one of the first out the door.