Liverpool 'end their pursuit of Barcelona wonderkid Gavi despite being willing to pay his £43m release clause', with the midfielder set to sign a new contract... and Jurgen Klopp is now 'focusing on Leeds' Kalvin Phillips'
- Liverpool have reportedly given up hope of signing Barcelona sensation Gavi
- The Reds had been willing to pay the 17-year-old's £43million release clause
- However he is set to sign a new Barca deal with a huge release clause of £857m
- Jurgen Klopp is now expected to step up his pursuit of Leeds' Kalvin Phillips
The Reds are keen to bolster their midfield ranks this summer and had targeted Gavi following his breakthrough campaign at Barca.
The 17-year-old made 34 LaLiga appearances last season and has also quickly become a regular for the Spanish national side. He became La Roja's youngest ever goal scorer by netting against Czech Republic on Sunday evening.
Liverpool have reportedly given up hope of signing Barcelona sensation Gavi this summer
According to Sport, Liverpool were willing to pay Gavi's £43million release clause this summer but the midfielder intends to stay in Catalonia.
He will reportedly sign a new contract with a huge release clause of £857m, therefore ending the Reds' chances of signing him.
It is claimed that Jurgen Klopp will now focus his attentions on signing Kalvin Phillips from Leeds, who is another long-term target.
The England international is also being monitored by Manchester City, who are on the hunt for a replacement for Fernandinho.
The 17-year-old became Spain's youngest ever goal scorer against Czech Republic on Sunday
Liverpool will face competition from Manchester City for Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips
Phillips missed three months of last season with a hamstring injury, but he is still one of the most important players in Leeds' squad and the Whites are likely to demand at least £60m for him.
The 26-year-old is in line to feature for England against Germany in Munich on Tuesday night and is desperate to get one over on the Three Lions' old enemy.
'We'd love to go there, win the game and not have to worry about us needing to beat them because of the history and stuff like that,' Phillips told the Guardian. 'But any time we come up against Germany, it's going to be a big game.'
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