Report: Arsenal-linked defender set for new contract, release clause revealed

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Jose Gaya has been linked with a transfer to Premier League side Arsenal.

The 19-year-old left-back currently plies his trade with Valencia in his homeland, although the Mirror have suggested that Arsenal could make a move for him in the summer.

A highly rated Spanish Under-21 international, Gaya has made 25 appearances for the La Liga side this season, and has established himself as a key player despite his young age. His current contract has an €18 million release clause, as per AS, and the Gunners are reportedly set to face competition from Real Madrid and Manchester City if they intend to make an approach for his signature.

The youngster is set to have a bright future and Arsenal would do well to follow up their interest in him in the coming months, as Gaya would represent a wise long-term investment in the left-back position that has proven to be troublesome in recent years due to Kieran Gibbs’ ongoing injury troubles.

However, Valencia have no desire to sell their prized asset, and, chasing the Champions League, they will know that keeping a strong squad will be imperative in the hunt for European football. To ensure that Gaya remains at the Mestalla for as long as possible, it has been reported in that same AS article that the club will be entering into contract negotiations in the coming weeks and will be raising his release clause to fend off interest from other teams.

It is claimed that he will sign a deal until the summer of 2018 and that Valencia will be looking to confirm a buy-out clause of between €40-45 million, making him a much more expensive signing as a 19-year-old. It is not astronomical enough to completely remove interest in the youngster, but it will certainly make any suitors think twice about submitting a formal approach.

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