According to Rai Sport via Metro, Manchester United are eyeing Valencia defender Jose Gaya as a replacement for Luke Shaw. The Red Devils could be losing Matteo Darmian to Juventus this summer and want Gaya to compete with Ashley Young for a starting place at left-back.
Although Darmian was a right-back, he covered at left-back on occasion and will need replacing. But United also have to sign a long-term option on the left as Ashley Young will be out of contract in less than 18 months. He also turns 33 in the summer.
Gaya is the player on their shortlist, with the Valencia defender having made over 130 appearances in all competitions. The 22-year-old has been a regular at left-back this season too, racking up three assists in 25 La Liga appearances and being on the losing team just four times.
He likes to get forward and create chances but is also combative in his defensive duties. Gaya’s asking price is unknown, however. With more than two years left on his deal, coupled with being a first-team regular, Los Che will likely want a substantial bid before they consider letting him go.
Manchester United have the money to strengthen the defence, an area manager Jose Mourinho is expected to bolster this summer, so Gaya might be one player through the doors in the coming months.