Barcelona in advanced talks with Pedri over contract extension

Pedri of FC Barcelone against Celta Vigo in La Liga
Pedri of FC Barcelone against Celta Vigo in La Liga

Barcelona are in advanced talks with Pedri over a new contract, with the Spaniard ready to agree to a deal that will run until 2026.

According to Fabrizio Romano, as reported by Goal, the Catalan club have accelerated their talk with the youngster in the last 24 hours, and the Spanish midfielder is reportedly happy to remain at Nou Camp.

Ronald Koeman’s side also plans to include a release clause worth more than €600m (£509m/$694m) in an attempt to ward off potential interest from some of Europe’s biggest spenders.

Pedri has been a revelation since he made his breakthrough in the Barca squad last season and is attracting interest from Europe’s top clubs who are looking to take advantage of his current salary at La Liga giants. Despite being one of the best players in Barcelona, Pedri is one of the lowest-paid members of the first team.

But if reports are to be believed, Barcelona have now won the race for his services. They are willing to give him a significantly improved offer that will see him remain at the club till 2026.

The 18-year-old has earned 10 caps for Spain in 2021 and was nominated for the Ballon d’Or and Golden Boy awards this year. He joined Barca from Las Palmas in 2020 and is alongside Gavi and Ansu Fati, considered the most exciting talent in Europe at the moment.

Barca are also looking to extend the contracts of Ansu Fati and Ronald Araujo, as well as Gavi.