Barcelona Looking to Strengthen at Left-Back With Valencia Fire Sale

Jose Gaya
Gaya could be set to leave Valencia | David Aliaga/MB Media/Getty Images

Barcelona are looking at taking advantage of Valencia's institutional crisis to bring left-back Jose Gaya to Camp Nou this summer.

Javi Gracia's new side are in the midst of a selling spree, with Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin both joining Villarreal for just €8m. Gaya's release clause is €50m but Barcelona are confident of negotiating a much cheaper deal.

Jose Gaya
Gaya against Barcelona. | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Barcelona have been linked with the Valencia defender on a number of occasions and the Spanish news outfit Sport claim that now could be the time that Barça finally get their man – despite reports that he's the only member of the squad not up for sale.

Sport suggests that in order to finance a deal for Gaya, Los Cules want to sell Junior Firpo, who has been underwhelming since his transfer from Real Betis last summer. Positionally, it would mean a like-for-like transfer move for Barça, Firpo out and Gaya in.

Jordi Alba
Jordi Alba is getting on. | David Ramos/Getty Images

The Catalans are still searching for a long-term answer on the left-hand side of their defence. Jordi Alba was the best in the world in that position for some time, but in recent seasons his impact has started to wane. Gaya would initially come in as a rotation option with Alba, and then eventually look to claim that spot for himself.

Again, Marca reported on Wednesday that the entire Valencia squad is up for sale except for Gaya as the club continues to grapple with the financial consequences caused by the coronavirus pandemic – and the self-inflicted issues brought about by the club's ownership.

Javi Gracia
Gracia has been tasked with building a competitive team, without any of Valencia's key players. | Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Barcelona are keen to take advantage of Valencia's situation. Although Gaya is the only player not to have been transfer-listed, the feeling is that a high enough offer will be too good to turn down. However, the Catalan club won't want to spend too much on the Spaniard as they, themselves, have to be wary of the economic side of the deal.

As well as offloading Firpo, Barça also want to sell the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic in order to get their huge salaries off the wage bill.