Why could Gavi leave Barcelona on a free transfer this summer?
LaLiga have succeeded - for now - in preventing Barcelona from registering teenage midfielder Gavi as a first-team player.
The Commercial Court in Barcelona has lifted the precautionary measure which had forced LaLiga to register Barça midfielder Gavi as a first-team player on 31 January. LaLiga appealed against the decision at the time and have ultimately been successful after a new Court ruling judged that the club had filed its claim to register the youngster after the deadline it had been given.
Why can’t Barcelona register Gavi on a first-team contract?
Gavi will be able to keep hold on his number ‘6′ jersey but will have to be registered as a reserve team player. As a result, there is once again a possibility that he could leave the club on a free transfer when his registered contract comes to an end on 30 June; Barcelona will have to free up some wages if they want to ‘sign’ the 18-year-old on a first-team contract and stick to LaLiga’s salary cap. Yet another problem for La Blaugrana...
An official statement published by LaLiga reads that they have “received notification from Commercial Court number 10 in Barcelona, stating that the precautionary measure issued on 31 January 2023 related to Gavi’s registration has been lifted due to the fact that Barcelona did not meet the deadline established for filing the claim”.
Barcelona contradict LaLiga on Gavi case
Barça, meanwhile, refute the suggestions made by LaLiga and are adamant that they submitted the correct documentation in time, while they also say that the precautionary measure cannot be lifted until a final verdict is reached, which will not happen as long as they have the opportunity to appeal against the decision. The saga rumbles on...