Manchester City intend to present the idea of a swap deal involving Eliaquim Mangala and Jose Gaya to Valencia in the hope of securing the services of the young Spaniard.
Left-back Gaya has been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium for some weeks, and the Daily Star now believe City wish to seek further talks regarding the duo’s future in the coming weeks.
Gaya remains one of Guardiola’s targets at left-back as he is set to lose Gael Clichy – whose contract expires in June.
Not only does a move for the 21-year-old make sense on a financial aspect, but also with Eliaquim Mangala already on loan at Valencia, and the club unable to afford to sign the French defender City could offer the Spanish giants a remedy.
Gaya recently shrugged off speculation surrounding his future by reiterating he has a contract at the Mestalla until 2020.
The Spanish international is valued at nearly €30million, so any transfer is likely to involve cash if a player is included in the deal.
AS Monaco defender, Benjamin Mendy, is also on the club’s radar.