Gavi is on Liverpool’s radar (Getty)

Liverpool have indicated that they are willing to pay the €50 million (£42.2m) release clause to sign Barcelona midfielder Gavi, according to reports in Spain.

Jurgen Klopp has been looking to strengthen his midfield options in the summer transfer window and Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni has been one of their top targets.

This season’s Champions League finalists had agreed a deal with the 22-year-old but it’s understood that the midfielder’s preference is to join Real Madrid, who have also agreed personal terms.

According to Sport, Liverpool are exploring alternatives to Tchouameni and have identified Gavi as a summer target.

The report claims that Liverpool view Gavi as a ‘great market opportunity’ as they are prepared to pay his €50m (£42.2m) release clause.

It’s claimed that Klopp has also been impressed by Gavi’s performances for Barca, while Liverpool’s scouting department have been keeping track of the 17-year-old’s rapid rise in Spain.

Gavi’s contract with Barcelona expires next year (Getty)

Barcelona have offered Gavi a new deal, with his current contract due to expire next year.

But speaking earlier this week, Barca president Joan Laporta admitted he was concerned that Gavi had not signed the new agreement.

‘His representative has had the renewal offer on the table for a long time. We have no news that he has accepted it,’ Laporta told L’Esportiu.

Asked if the club were concerned about Gavi’s decision to not accept the offer yet, Laporta replied: ‘Yes, because we don’t understand.

‘He’s a player we all like, he is 17 years old, has a present and a great future at Barca, and we do not understand why his representative is playing and comparing.

‘I think the club’s proposal, within our salary levels, is more than acceptable.’

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