Real Madrid have added a new name to the list of left-backs that could replace Fabio Coentrao next summer. Los Blancos are interested in signing Valencia’s defender Jose Luis Gaya according to Spanish sports newspaper Marca.
The 19-year-old is the last pearl of Valencia’s youth program that has produced other outstanding left-backs, such as Barcelona’s Jordi Alba and Bayern Munich’s Juan Bernat.
Gaya has consolidated himself as the Che’s starting left-back and he has been a key for Nuno Espirito Santo’s team great season so far, scoring two goals in 21 appearances.
The Spaniard made his first team debut in 2013 but didn’t have many chances until Bernat moved to Munich last summer. Since then, he has caught the attention of many European clubs.
According to Marca, Real have been following him since September. His low buy-out clause is one of the main advantages. Gaya has a running contract with the Ches until 2018, but he would only cost Madrid 18 million euros.
However, Valencia are trying to extend the youngster’s contract and include a new 80-million buy-out clause. Florentino Perez will need to move fast if he wants to secure Gaya’s transfer, otherwise they could convince him to stay.