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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