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Juventus favourites to sign 26-year-old Barcelona target valued at €20 million

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Jose Gaya is a player that has been on the transfer wishlist for Barcelona for a while now. The 26-year-old Valencia captain is seen as the ideal long-term heir to current left-back Jordi Alba at Camp Nou.

In fact, there had been speculations that Barca would be making a move for Gaya this past summer, while there were mutterings about Real Madrid’s interest as well. No move materialised, however, as neither club made a formal offer while the Spaniard himself was keen on staying at the Mestalla to help Los Che rise up from their current malaise.

But, now, El Nacional is reporting that Gaya has grown frustrated at Valencia due to owner Peter Lim’s running of the club. The left-back is now keen on moving on to a different club where he can play in the UEFA Champions League while also competing for titles on a regular basis.

It is further stated that the left-back would prefer a move to Barcelona, where president Joan Laporta continues to admire him. However, newly-appointed manager Xavi Hernandez is of the belief that he can get the best out of Alba again, while he also places immense faith in the abilities of teenage prospect Alejandro Balde.

This has meant that Barca’s interest in Gaya could take a backseat, with there having been no recent contacts with the player’s camp and the Catalan giants. And, as a result, it has left Juventus emerge as the frontrunners to capture the signing of the talented 26-year-old star.

The Bianconeri manager, Massimiliano Allegri, is keen on upgrading his options at left-back and sees Gaya as an ideal target due to his age, experience as well as his valuation of €20 million, which would be in the affordable range for the Turin giants.

Gaya’s contract with Valencia runs till 2023. The defender would only leave the club at the end of the season and not in January, meaning Barcelona have time to up their ante in pursuit of the Spaniard and beat Juventus to his signing. Whether they decide to do that or stick to their guns with Alba and Balde remains to be seen.

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