Barcelona are back in action on Tuesday as the Catalan giants look to maintain their brilliant start to the season. However, with the Spanish giants set to be in action in the UEFA Champions League, Xavi's men will face their first tough test of the campaign: a clash with Bayern Munich.
The Blaugrana have history against the German giants in recent years, having lost 8-2 to them in that infamous 2020 quarterfinal while suffering home and away defeats last season en route to their group stage exit.
However, the Spanish side are no longer a team in decay. With the signing of Jules Kounde, Raphinha, and former Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski, Barcelona have been nothing short of impressive, winning all five games since their nil-nil draw against Rayo Vallecano and scoring a whopping 20 goals.
Furthermore, Culers have received a huge boost ahead of Tuesday's Allianz Arena showdown. Not only does the Camp Nou boast some of the best footballers right now, but the club have all but secured the future of one of the most talented youngsters in world football.
That player is none other than Gavi, the highly-regarded 18-year-old who, alongside teammate Pedri, is seen as one of the most exciting midfielders for his age group. The teenager, who broke into the first team last season, has impressed for both club and country (Spain). However, this led to fears regarding his contract situation as the starlet has only one year left on his deal.
Nonethelesss, the reliable Fabrizio Romano has offered the assurance Barcelona fans have been eagerly anticipating. Gavi has all but agreed to a new deal that will keep him in Catalonia until 2026.
Gavi's new contract with Barcelona will include release clause for €1B, negotiated last December. It's matter of time to get it signed and completed, as revealed last week. #FCB— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 13, 2022
Barça, never been worried by PL clubs and Bayern links as he's set to sign the new deal. pic.twitter.com/OOLEnl2Enq
Despite reported interest from Bayern Munich and Liverpool, the player opted to commit his future to Barcelona and will now have a whopping $1.01bn release clause inserted in his new contract. Some outlets predict that the official announcement will come on Thursday, two days after their UEFA Champions League tie, meaning a victory over the Bavarians and the completion of the midfielder's extension could make for the best midweek possible!