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Barcelona: Bayern Munich ready to break bank for Golden Boy Pedri

Freshly minted Golden Boy Pedri has attracted the interest of Bayern Munich, who are ready to make a club record bid of over €80m for the Barcelona midfielder.

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Barcelona: Bayern Munich ready to break bank for Golden Boy Pedri
PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA AFP

Barcelona made an announcement that the club’s fans had been hoping for on 14 October, when the club confirmed that Spain midfielder Pedri had signed a contract extension through to 2026 with a buy-out clause of €1 billion. In theory, that should serve to put off any club in the world from attempting to turn the head of the 18-year-old, who cost Barça a mere €5m from Las Palmas when his move was finalized in 2020.

However, AS has learned that Bayern Munich have made the freshly minted Golden Boy a priority target and are prepared to break their club record of €80m paid for Lucas Hernández to test Barça’s resolve, as well as offering the player four times his Camp Nou salary.

Bayern hoping to tempt cash-strapped Barcelona

And Bayern are not going to hang about. The Bavarian giants are planning to launch their bid in January to stave off interest from other clubs, tabling an offer that cash-strapped Barcelona will not be able to shrug off lightly as Xavi prepares for his Camp Nou rebuild next summer.

However, given Pedri’s rapid rise, status as an international and the latest winner of the Golden Boy Award, it will not be a decision taken lightly by the Barça board, nor one that will go down well with the club’s fans who have adopted the teenager as one of their own.