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Real Madrid could threaten Manchester City move for 21-year-old left-back – report

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Valencia's defender Jose Gaya celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League group H football match Valencia CF vs KAA Gent at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on October 20, 2015.  AFP PHOTO/ JOSE JORDAN        (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)

With so many full-backs being linked with Manchester City lately, it’s hard to know who the real targets are. But speculation has been intensifying that Valencia left-back, José Luis Gayà, could be one of the summer recruits, with the Valencian press recently stating that he is a priority for Pep Guardiola.

Gayà gave little away when quizzed about these rumours, but the thinking is that Valencia, who are struggling with Financial Fair Player issues, could cash in on the 21-year-old with interest growing.

However, it isn’t just City who have eyes on the Spain under-21 international, who has received call-ups to the senior squad but has yet to win his first cap. Arsenal are known to be admirers, and now in a potentially greater threat to City, Spanish giants Real Madrid are said to be considering him.

According to Cadena COPE (via SPORT), Real Madrid want a new left-back despite Marcelo’s continued excellence. Atlético Madrid’s Theo Hernández, a player City tried to sign last summer and are still said to be keen on, is their number one target but there are always complications with Real signing a player from Atléti.

If a deal for Hernández proves to be impossible, Gayà is ‘well placed’ to be the Madrid side’s next option, which could scupper any plans City might have to bring in the player.

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