Barcelona is in talks to renew Pedri’s contract with Spain and is ready to agree on a deal that will work until 2026. The Catalans plan to include a release clause in excess of € 600m (£ 509m / $ 694m) as they try to curb interest rates from some of Europe’s biggest donors.
WHAT’S RECENT NEWS?
Pedri is one of the lowest-paid members of Barcelona’s first team. The 18-year-old Spanish midfielder is expected to sign a new long-term contract with the club. Barca had been in talks with Pedri and Ansu Fati over contract extensions. Ronald Koeman’s side, Ajax, has not been able to offer the highest bid for the midfielder. Pedri won ten caps in Spain and appeared in the Olympics this summer.
WHY IS THE CLAIM OF EXPOSURE FOR OPERATION SO HIGH?
Barcelona has included a clause in the release of Pedri’s contract which does not mean that an interested person will have to pay a world-record transfer fee in order to settle him. In what is now the so-called ‘anti-Sheikh’ category, prices continue to rise for fear that major financial powers in the game, such as Manchester City and PSG, will be able to fund the mega methods of the world’s top players.
WHAT OTHER CONTRACTS IS BARCA TRYING TO INCREASE?
Once Pedri’s contract is finalized, Barca’s priority will be to extend the contracts of Ansu Fati and Ronald Araujo, as well as Gavi.
The club’s president Joan Laporta is eager to see all four players sign new deals, with Barca hoping to avoid a situation where they are forced to sell or see their top players leave freely as happened to Lionel Messi.