Despite completing the transfer of Gabriel Paulista, Arsene Wenger is still on the lookout defensive reinforcements this January. We have been heavily linked with a move for Valencia left-back Jose Luis Gaya, but may miss out on him due to the La Liga side’s asking price, according to talkSPORT.
A left-back may not seem like a top priority at the moment, but with Kieran Gibbs’ injury history and Nacho Monreal’s often erratic performances, it has certainly proved a problem area for us at times.
It looks as though we are going to have to forget about Luis Gaya however, with Valencia slapping a £17m price tag on the young star.
At just 19-years-old that kind of fee would certainly be a gamble, and with Real Madrid already planning to meet the valuation the decision could be taken out of our hands anyway.
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The youngster has been superb for the fourth placed La Liga side this season, and has been a huge part of their defensive stability.
With his current deal set to run until 2016, Valencia are hoping to extend his contract as soon as possible. With interest from a number of top clubs however, he may be unwilling to do so.