Pep Guardiola instructs Manchester City to make José Gayà a priority in summer – report

VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 22:  Jose Luis Gaya of Valencia reacts during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Real Madrid at Mestalla Stadium on February 22, 2017 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

The reliable Valencian press (Superdeporte and Plaza Deportivo) are both reporting this morning that Pep is ‘insistent’ on signing Valencia left-back José Gayà, despite his €50m release clause. Gayà was relentlessly linked to City when he burst onto the scene as an 18-year old after making an impressive appearances in La Liga. But, his form dipped considerably the following season amid the managerial merry-go-round and the links to Europe’s top clubs drifted away.

However, Gayà is ‘rediscovering his best form’ according to the two Valencian publications and it is this sharp up-turn in fortunes that has allegedly re-ignited Guardiola’s interest in the player. Pep believes that the now 21-year old will ‘fit perfectly into his system’ and is very keen on the player.

The only potential stumbling block to a deal is that Gayà has a €50m release clause in his contract but this is said not to deter City, who (as all know too well) are in desperate need of a left-back. With the right-back slot seemingly primed for AS Monaco’s Fabinho, it looks like Gayà could be City’s priority in the left-back position.

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