Valencia’s flying left-back, José Luis Gayà, is one of the many full-backs to be linked with a move to Manchester City as Pep Guardiola makes plans to overhaul these areas. With four full-backs over 30, three of them out of contract in June and the other preferred at centre-back now, Pep has much work to do to solve one of his team’s weak points.
The pacy and skillful Gayà has frequently been mentioned as a potential recruit, with both major Valencian news outlets, Superdeporte and Plaza Deportivo, reporting just last Friday that he has been made a priority by Guardiola.
With a €50m release clause, Valencia can play hardball if City or anyone else come in for him, but with Financial Fair Play problems making a permanent deal for Eliaquim Mangala, on loan from City, difficult, they may be tempted to cash in if someone offers a generous fee.
The 21-year-old Spanish youth international attended an autograph session at an Orange store with teammate Simone Zaza earlier today, and was quizzed about a number of topics, including his future. When asked if he could ensure his future would be with Valencia, Gayà responded, “I don’t know why you ask me that question. I have always said that I have a contract until 2020, so I still have many years left on my deal.”
A classic footballer response, neither definitively saying he wants to stay or leave.
Will Pep make a move for him this summer? Time will tell, but in the meantime José Gayà is giving nothing away… except that he has a long-term contract.