Through the possession of elite young talents, FC Barcelona manages to stay relevant. Even in times of financial and economic despair, their youth development keeps them afloat and competitive. This season has been no different, as Barcelona seem to be reliant on their youth products more than ever.
Names of players such as Lamine Yamal, Hector Fort, Marc Guiu, and others have now become well-known across the realm of European football and beyond. However, Pau Cubarsi is among them too, which is quite unorthodox given how rare it is to see a central defender so young become a first-team regular.
Moreover, due to this unnatural occurrence, other clubs are enticed by him too. Sides like Chelsea, Manchester City, and even United have reportedly been linked to him as possible suitors, and given how rare it is to find talent like his, it feels understandable.
However, Barcelona have no intentions of letting go of their star young defender. In fact, as per SPORT, there is already an initiation to ensure this continuity beyond his current stay at the club. While his active contract expires in 2026, Barcelona want to keep the 17-year-old for many more years.
Thus, talks have already been initialized with hopes of finding the right balance of everything. A much more lucrative salary, first-team role change, and years of stay are expected to be discussed and added into a potential renewal with Cubarsi.
Moreover, Barcelona are adamant about being quick with his release clause upgrade too. Currently set at only €10 million, it is a rather affordable value for almost any of the clubs interested in his signature.
However, Barcelona have a sense of calm about the situation and will work to increase that clause significantly to ward off potential suitors.
Cubarsi is seen as one of the pillars of the team heading into the future. They want whoever the next coach is to handle him with care but also with importance.
Moreover, with speculation suggesting that one of Barça’s key first-team defenders could be sold in the summer, Cubarsi’s role may automatically become even more crucial.