According to various reports, most notably in The Express, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering lining up a move for Valencia defender Jose Luis Gaya.
The 21 year old left back, a member of the Valencia Emirates Cup 2014 winning side, is considered by many as one of the finest european defensive talents currently not playing for either of the top two clubs in Spain, he is a versatile and quick, two attributes that Arsene Wenger feels could suit his side and the Premier League. Valencia are extremely reluctant to let another of their best players leave, something that has become a formality of sorts in the last few seasons. Los Che are hoping that the backing from their new wealthy owner Peter Lim will enable them to keep hold of their best players and offer Gaya a new bumper deal to replace the buyout clause that is currently in place.
The buyout is believed to be around £13.5 million and Arsene Wenger is reportedly confident he will be able to convince the youngster to join the Gunners before the window closes on the second of February next month. However, it appears that Arsenal could face some competition from La Liga giants Real Madrid, especially considering that current first choice left back Marcelo has been in fairly unspectacular form of late.
It is unclear why Arsene Wenger feels that adding a left back to his squad would be necessary especially considering the fact that the Gunners already have two experienced options in Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal. It is likely that Monreal will be knocked back down the pecking order with the arrival of Gabriel Paulista who will likely prevent him from much game time filling in at central defence.
It will be interesting to see how this one pans out however at present I see no need for us to add another left back and therefore am dubious.