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There will always be youth teams that are capable of producing good players, but Valencia have an incredible record when it comes to developing left backs.
In recent years they have developed Jordi Alba, Juan Bernat, Salva Ruiz and Jose Gaya, while there will be some hopes that Toni Lato can join that list.
Jordi Alba continues to play at a high level for Barcelona but will turn 32 in a couple of months, so it makes sense to start looking for his long-term successor.
It would make a lot of sense to go through another Valencia left-back who would follow the same path as Alba if he moved to the Camp Nou, so ESPN They have linked Barça with a play by José Gaya.
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Gaya seems to have been around forever, but he is still only 25 years old, while he has played in over 300 senior games and also seems to become the regular starter for Spain there.
Gaya also plays in a similar style where he’s not the tallest, but he’s quick and loves to bombard forward on attack, so he really seems like the natural choice to replace Alba.
The report does indicate that Barça would have to sell Junior Firpo first, so perhaps this transfer would have to wait until the summer, but Valencia is struggling to get money and Gaya deserves better than playing for a club that only wants sell to all your best players. so it won’t be a surprise if this happens eventually.