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PSG had Gavi approach rejected by Barcelona

Paris Saint-Germain tried to pull off a double swoop during negotiations over Ousmane Dembele’s transfer from Barcelona.

According to Mundo Deportivo, PSG tried to bring Gavi’s name into the equation during talks to sign wantaway winger Dembele.

Les Parisiens are on the verge of acquiring the former Borussia Dortmund forward for a fee of €50 million amid intense rumours linking Kylian Mbappe with a summer exit.

In addition to the Frenchman, the record-time Ligue 1 champions made an audacious attempt to deprive the Catalan club of one of their brightest talents.

However, Barcelona had no interest in letting the 19-year-old leave despite the ongoing struggle regarding the deposit of his new contract with La Liga.

New PSG manager Luis Enrique is a long-time admirer of Gavi.

The former Spain boss handed the then-16-year-old his La Roja debut before trusting him with the number nine shirt at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar last winter.

Gavi’s contract situation at Spotify Camp Nou has been one of the major talking points this summer, with Barcelona growing scared of the prospect of losing their homegrown star due to their financial turmoil.

Several top European clubs, including Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Liverpool, have emerged as potential landing spots for the highly-rated Spaniard.

Alongside his slightly older midfield companion Pedri, Gavi has been among the most exciting La Masia products in recent years, so Xavi Hernandez is reluctant to negotiate his departure.

The versatile youngster was essential to Xavi’s set-up during Barca’s title-winning 2022/23 La Liga season, racking up two goals and four assists in 36 league appearances.

His versatility saw him cover a multitude of roles in the engine room and higher up the pitch, with Xavi using him as a central midfielder, winger and a false nine when needed.

Despite his young age, Gavi’s technical prowess and tactical awareness make him a valuable asset for Barcelona, hence the club’s unwillingness to discuss his sale.

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