The left-back position has been quite troublesome for Barcelona for quite some time. Of course, this has nothing to do with Jordi Alba, who has mostly been fantastic, but rather with the lack of a quality substitute in the Spaniard’s absence.
There were some interesting options already at the club over the years but for one reason or the other, the upper hierarchy never really put any trust in them. Now, unfortunately, they are no longer here and we don’t know whether Barcelona could’ve indeed put them to good use.
Still, as reported by Tv3, the Catalans are looking into the prospect of buying Valencia’s prolific full-back, José Gayà, as a way to both bring the best out of Alba and secure themselves a worthy replacement.
The 25-year-old is in his prime years and as the report suggests, Barcelona could snatch him up for around €15m and some variables. Needless to say, getting a quality player for that kind of money would be good business, especially for a club with so many financial difficulties.
However, despite approaching the twilight of his career given his speed-reliant player profile, Alba is sure he still has a lot to give to his club.
The 31-year-old full-back said as much when speaking on the program El Dia Après on Movistar (via Barcelona’s official website).
“I can still give a lot to Barça. That’s why I work with the same enthusiasm as when I was 20. I hope to be able to be in the elite for many more years”, said the defender.
But it does feel like Barcelona are counting on it too. After all, according to the previous report, Gayà would be brought in as competition, not to immediately displace his rival and potential future teammate.
Still, first, Barça have to secure his services and given their problems on the market as of late, that could be easier said than done.