Gavi's new senior deal at Barcelona is 'suspended by a city court'

Gavi’s new Barcelona deal is ‘suspended by a city court after it was filed ONE DAY after the deadline’ – leaving the teenage superstar on old terms signed before his senior debut, and means he CAN’T play in boss Xavi’s old No 6 shirt

  • Gavi’s first-team deal at Barcelona has reportedly been blocked by a city court 
  • It was initially granted, but the Catalan giants failed to file the paperwork in time 
  • It means the teen superstar is on old terms from 2020, and cannot wear No 6 

Gavi’s new deal as a first-team player at Barcelona has been suspended by a court in the Catalan city, according to a new report.

The 18-year-old central midfielder is one of the most talented new prospects in LaLiga, and in 2022, the club tried to bolster his earnings with a new deal. 

At first, the deal was thought to be blocked by the league in January because the new first-team player contract took Barcelona above their salary limit. He had to remain under the terms of a previous contract signed in 2020. 

Less than a week later, that position changed after a judge at the city’s commercial court said that LaLiga’s decision was wrong. It allowed Gavi to get a new deal as a senior squad member before the closure of the winter transfer window, and also allowed him to take the No. 6 shirt previously worn by Xavi, who is now the Barcelona manager. 

Now, Spanish outlet Relevo have reported that the situation has changed once again. It is believed that the registration has been suspended because Barcelona filed its claim after the deadline – and they were also a day late for a grace period.  

The registration for Gavi’s new deal at Barcelona has been suspended by a city court

It means Gavi must revert back to his former No. 30 shirt, instead of his new No. 6 jersey

Despite not being registered with the first team, he will be able to continue playing as normal – albeit by reverting back to the old No. 30 shirt. Barcelona can appeal this decision. 

It is not the only piece of financial news frustrating Barcelona at present. The club has been charged with corruption over payments made to two companies owned by Jose Maria Enriquez Negreira, the former vice-president of the referees committee in Spain. 

Earlier this month, LaLiga chief Javier Tebas also said that Barcelona are banned from the transfer market this summer, and that the Catalan giants have to raise £178m just to comply with the league’s rules. 

As a result of this, the club may sell some of their big names, with Premier League clubs Chelsea and Newcastle United reported to be keen on acquiring Raphinha.  

The 18-year-old started all of Spain’s World Cup games last year, but has a deal signed in 2020

Gavi signed for Barcelona as an 11-year-old in 2015, and quickly rose through the ranks from the under-16s to the under-16s, and then Barcelona B before being integrated into the senior squad.

He made 47 appearances across all competitions in the 2021-22 season, before also being an important part of the side this term, scoring one and making the other two in Barcelona’s 3-1 Supercopa de Espanal final against Real Madrid in January. 

The workings of his deal do not appear to have caused a negative impact on Gavi’s performances, with Carles Puyol among those praising him for two head-first tackles during their 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.  

He also started all four of Spain’s matches at the 2022 World Cup, where he became the third youngest player to score in a match at the tournament, behind Pele and Manuel Rosas.  

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