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Barcelona look to Valencia’s Jose Gaya as Jordi Alba’s replacement

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Barcelona are keeping an eye on Valencia full-back Jose Gaya as they look to field a long-term successor to Jordi Alba.

Spain international Alba has been a mainstay of Barca’s starting XI since joining Camp Nou in 2012 and has had a trophy-laden spell at the club. The left-back has no less than five Spanish titles as well as four Copa del Rey triumphs and a Champions League.

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Jordi Alba turns 32 in March | Soccrates Images / Getty Images

However, as the 31-year-old enters the twilight of his career, journalist Xavi Campos (via Eleven) claim Barcelona are considering a potential transfer for Gaya, with a € 15million (£ 13.3million) move being considered.

A product of Valencia’s youth system, Gaya has solidified his place on the left side of their defense since being promoted to the senior squad in 2013.

The 25-year-old received the captain’s armband at the start of the 2020/21 season and is vying with Alba for the left-back place in the Spanish national team.

Barca’s interest in Gaya has sparked further speculation about Junior Firpo’s future. The 24-year-old was reportedly deemed to be surplus to the needs of Camp Nou, with West Ham and Milan showing interest in the full-back.

And it may well be that Barcelona will be forced to sell Firpo before they can sanction any arrival at the club.

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Jose Gaya could be on his way to Barcelona | Denis Doyle / Getty Images

Barca’s financial woes have not been secret lately, with the club forced to suffer a fire sale last summer in an attempt to cut payrolls.

Recent reports also suggest they still owe up to € 323m (£ 287m) in transfer fees – including € 70m (£ 62.1m) to Liverpool for Philippe Coutinho – but it looks like the club are always willing to dig deep into their pockets. an attempt to strengthen their defensive options.

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