Barcelona will need to fork out €50 million to secure the services of 26-year-old Spanish international Jose Gaya from Valencia.

According to a report by Spanish outlet Fichajes, Barcelona will have to pay the big bucks to sign Jose Gaya from Valencia in the summer transfer window. The Spanish international defender is valued at €50 million by Los Che.

Jose Gaya joined Valencia as a youth footballer in 2006 and was a first-team player for the club in no time. The Spaniard broke into the senior side in 2012 and has since cemented his legacy at the Mestalla. The 26-year-old has been a pivotal figure for Valencia for several years while also being promoted to the role of club captain at the onset of the 2020/21 season.

To date, the Spanish international has made 275 appearances for Valencia, chipping in with eight goals and 33 assists in the process. However, the La Liga club are in a spot of bother over Gaya’s contractual situation, as he has entered the final 18 months of his current deal. The situation has captured the attention of several clubs, including Barcelona.

The interest from Barcelona is understandable, considering Jordi Alba is in the twilight of his career. The former Valencia defender has shown signs of age catching up with him in recent years, and with every passing day, the need to find a long-term successor for him is becoming increasingly urgent.

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To that end, Gaya is a viable target for Barcelona, as he is in the prime of his career and widely regarded as one of the best full-backs in Europe. However, the Blaugrana’s hopes of securing the services of the Spanish international could be dealt a blow, as Valencia will be demanding €50 million to part with him.

Los Che’s dire financial situation is forcing them to balance their books. And if Gaya does not renew terms with Valencia, their hand could be forced, making him their golden goose. However, Barcelona’s own financial turmoil could prohibit them from stumping up €50 million to land the 26-year-old.

It remains to be seen if Barcelona can fork out €50 million to secure the services of one of their key targets in the summer transfer window. With Gaya reportedly keen on joining Barcelona, their bid to sign the Valencia defender will have been boosted, but it will be interesting to see if they can afford him.

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