Word stemming from the Spanish media this week suggests that FC Barcelona have identified their preferred long-term replacement for Jordi Alba, in the form of an altogether familiar face.
Ronald Koeman and co. will of course be back in action this weekend.
With the international break having now come to a close across Europe, the Blaugrana are set to welcome Valencia to the Camp Nou on Sunday night.
Barca head into proceedings eyeing a much-needed return to form, on the back of a frankly abysmal opening to the campaign.
With seven games played in La Liga, the Catalans currently sit all the way down in 9th, owing to just a solitary victory from the club’s last four league outings.
Elsewhere, on the continent, Koeman’s men have looked even worse, with a deserved 3-0 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich having been followed by a similar scoreline versus Benfica in the Champions League.
As such, it goes without saying that all three points look very much on the agenda for Barca in 48 hours’ time.
As alluded to above, though, if the latest word doing the rounds in the Spanish media is anything to go by, then those on the bench and above at the Camp Nou will also be keeping a close eye on proceedings versus Valencia for a very different reason.
This comes amid suggestions that the Blaugrana have set their sights firmly on the signature of Los Che star Jose Gaya.
Left-back Gaya, linked with a move to Catalunya on a whole host of occasions in the past, is continuing to inch towards the expiration of his current terms at the Mestalla (summer of 2023).
As per a report from Mundo Deportivo, negotiations between club and player have reached something of a standstill, alerting rival clubs to Gaya’s potential availability in the near future.
One such outfit keeping a close eye on the situation are Barcelona, with a move considered as increasingly financially feasible the further the Valencia captain’s deal winds down.
The Catalans are no doubt on the lookout for a long-term replacement for current first-choice left-back Jordi Alba, who is set to turn 33 in the new year, with Gaya evidently viewed as one such option.
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This article was edited by Ben Browning.