Sports Barcelona reach breakthrough in Pedri contract talks and want release clause worth more than €600m
Barcelona can’t offer Fati & Pedri lucrative deals but remain confident on new contracts
The Liga giants remain in talks with two hot prospects regarding extended stays at Camp Nou, but funds are in short supplyMoney troubles in Catalunya have become common knowledge, with the mismanagement of previous presidential regimes making life difficult for Joan Laporta and Co in the present.
Barcelona are in advanced talks over renewing Pedri's contract, with the Spaniard ready to agree a deal that will run until 2026.
and Pedri is happy to continue with the Catalans, providing a huge boost to the club following their disappointing start to the season.
Barca also plan to include a release clause worth more than €600m (£509m/$694m) as they attempt to ward off potential interest from some of Europe's biggest spenders.
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In Pedri's case it appears a compromise has been reached, with the 18-year-old Spain international ready to accept terms until 2026 that will increase his wage a sufficient amount to reflect his standing in the team.
Despite the midfielder's current status as one of Barca's top players following his impressive breakthrough season last term, Pedri is one of the lowest-paid members of the first-team squad.
Those terms will be significantly improved in the new contract with Pedri, who has earned 10 caps for Spain in 2021 as well as featuring at the Olympics, moving into a higher salary bracket.
It is understood that, despite strong interest in Pedri, no concrete offers were put on the table and the teenager is happy to extend his stay at Camp Nou having joined the club from Las Palmas in 2020.
Atlético deals Koeman's Barcelona another blow with 2-0 loss
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Ronald Koeman will keep his job despite the latest humbling defeat for the once mighty Barcelona. Atlético Madrid dealt Barcelona another harsh helping of life without Lionel Messi when Diego Simeone’s well-honed team easily won 2-0 in the Spanish league on Saturday. Luis Suárez and Thomas Lemar set up goals for each other, and only the apparent desire by Simeone to let Barcelona flounder instead of going all out on attack saved Koeman's side from a heavier loss.
Why will Pedri's release clause be so high?
Barca have decided to include a huge release clause in Pedri's contract in a move that is not uncommon in Spanish football.
In what is now being dubbed as an 'anti-Sheikh' clause, the values continue to rise amid fears that financial superpowers in the game, such as Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, are capable of funding mega moves for the world's top players.
In Pedri's case, by having such a high release clause it would mean that an interested party would have to pay a world record transfer fee to land him.
What other contracts are Barca trying to extend?
Once a deal for Pedri is finalised, the priority for Barca will then be to extend the contracts of Ansu Fati and Ronald Araujo, as well potentially Gavi.
Club president Joan Laporta is eager to see all four players sign new deals, with Barca hoping to avoid a scenario where they are forced to sell or see their best players leave on a free transfer as was the case with Lionel Messi.
Barcelona starts critical 3-game home stint for Koeman .
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Ronald Koeman got a reprieve. Now he needs to make it last. A visit from Valencia on Sunday kicks off a three-game home stint that the Barcelona coach said must mark a turnaround for his beleaguered team. After facing Valencia, Barcelona will host Dynamo Kyiv and Real Madrid within a week. The run of games at Camp Nou comes after an international break that gave Koeman a chance to regroup following a tumultuous period for a team struggling to win without Lionel Messi. Two weeks ago, Koeman’s job was considered in serious jeopardy after Barcelona had lost both of its Champions League games by an identical 3-0 score.