The La Liga giants are still in talks with two potential candidates to extend their stay at Camp Nou, but funds are lacking.
FC Barcelona remain confident Ansu Fati and Pedri can sign a new contract at Camp Nou, but the La Liga giants cannot afford to make lucrative offers to two top prospects as they continue to face challenges. financial difficulties. The money problems in Catalonia are known to all, the mismanagement of previous presidents making life difficult for Joan Laporta and his partners.
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One of the biggest issues the Blaugrana face is in efforts to get their best people to sign new contracts, as retaining top-rated young stars is imperative if one is to enjoy future success. The extension of the contracts of young talents Fati and Pedri is seen as a top priority for the members of the FC Barcelona board.
Updates on these discussions are expected ahead of the club’s membership meeting on October 17, although Goal has learned that neither is as close to a signing as rumors at Camp Nou suggest. Statements of intent have been made regularly by Barça figures in recent weeks, and contract negotiations are said to be “on track” and “very advanced”.
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It is understood that all parties are happy with the way things are progressing, but it is impossible to escape the fact that two of Europe’s most wanted young people have yet to get their hands dirty. Both Pedri and Ansu Fati have garnered the admiration of European top names, with Bayern Munich interested in the former while the latter attracted interest from Premier League heavyweights.
Barca know they can’t afford to waste time in negotiations and are pushing for deals to be made. They are confident the two can be kept, with compromises close to minor details regarding contract lengths and bonus clauses. Fati and Pedri will see their current conditions improved, as their current positions in the senior squad are recognized, but the biggest stumbling block for Barca remains the inability to offer high salaries to those who deserve them the most.
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Once Barcelona secure Fati and Pedri’s extension for several more years at Camp Nou, then attention may turn to opening talks with other players. Ronald Araujo and Gavi are the next to be upgraded as they are also seen as essential parts of the long-term plan.
Uruguayan defender Araujo already has a € 200million release clause in a contract slated to run until 2023, but 17-year-old midfielder Gavi – who has become the youngest player to debut in the Spanish national team – could be snatched for just 50 million euros as it stands. Laporta is eager to see these two players sign a new contract, with Barca hoping that the problems which led to the departure of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann this summer will not come back to haunt him.