Boca Juniors have responded to reported interest from Barcelona in star winger Cristian Pavón by offering the 22-year-old an improved contract at La Bombonera that will include a minimum release clause of 42.5 million euros.
Pavón featured for Argentina at the World Cup after becoming a regular for the Albiceleste since Jorge Sampaoli took over and Leo Messi is a big fan of his international teammate, saying after a friendly against Haiti: "I've found a new partner in Pavón, he's a really good player. He's very quick and is different to what we have in the squad.”
Messi keen on teaming up with Pavón for Barça
That prompted reports that Messi had asked the Camp Nou board to make inquiries as to Pavón’s availability. Last season, he provided the highest number of assists in the Argentinean top flight as Boca were crowned champions.
However, Boca chairman Daniel Angelici is not keen on losing Pavón, or certainly not without pocketing a sizeable fee, and has tabled a pay rise for the forward and added an increase to the amount Barça will have to stump up before Angelici will pick up the phone.