Barcelona target move for Valencia full-back Jose Gaya as Xavi seeks a long-term replacement for stalwart Jordi Alba... but the cash-strapped Catalans must pay £42m to land the Spain star
- Xavi is keen to secure the services of long-term target Jose Gaya from Valencia
- The 26-year-old has previously been heavily linked with a move to the Nou Camp
- A deal extension with Los Che has stalled, with Barcelona ready to swoop
- Real Madrid are also keen on the player, as a replacement for the ageing Marcelo
Gaya, 26, has made 275 appearances and contributed to eight goals and 33 assists since his emergence in 2012, and it is understood he is stalling over a new deal to remain at the Mestalla, with Xavi ready to test his resolve.
The Spain international has scored twice and assisted three goals in 13 appearances so far this campaign, and has been identified by Nou Camp chiefs, as the perfect option to rival Alba for a starting birth and eventually go on to replace him.
Valencia captain Jose Gaya is high on Barcelona's radar to replace left-back Jordi Alba
Gaya, 26, netted against Barcelona in the 3-1 defeat at the Nou Camp in October last year
The Spain international could leave, with terms over a new deal hitting a stumbling block
Valencia may have to cash in on their captain this summer, given he has just 18 months left on his current deal, with talks over a new contract stalling.
A fee in the region of €50million (£42million) are what the club are holding out for, so Barca will have to fork out the said fee to secure his signature.
Xavi is looking to secure a bargain deal for the player lower than the asking price to avoid having to pay the staggering €100 million (£84million) release clause in Gaya's contract.
The Catalans are on the look out to sign an experienced left-back given they only have in-experienced youngster Alejandro Balde, 18, as back up to Alba.
Junior Firpo also joined Leeds United last summer, leaving them short of numbers on the left side.
Alejandro Balde (centre) is the only left-back in Barca's ranks behind the experienced Alba
Barcelona sold Junior Firpo to Leeds last summer, leaving them short of numbers in that area
Xavi will have to act fast if he is to secure Gaya, with Real Madrid also keen on the highly-rated full-back, as they seek a replacement for the ageing Marcelo.
Barcelona have previously targeted former La Masia and current Benfica full-back Alejandro Grimaldo as an alternative, but Gaya is understood to be their preference.
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