Manchester City Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, was photographed in Valencia last week having talks with the Sporting Director of Valencia. Begiristain met his former team-mate, José Ramón, at a Valencia hotel with players Joao Cancelo and Jose Gaya top of their agenda.

Spanish football expert, Graham Hunter, told Football Whispers that the City chief was in Spain for the sole purpose of convincing Valencia to part with their young full-back duo.

“Txiki Begiristain, Manchester City’s football director, was in Valencia this week with the director of football at Valencia (José Ramón) Alexanko, Begiristain’s old 1992 Cup-winning colleague, talking about him (Cancelo) and Gaya, the left-back.”

It’s no surprise City are keen on the youngsters with City’s current full-backs all over the age of 30. In fact, since 2011 have not City signed a player capable of playing in a wide defensive role.

Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna are all out of contract at the Etihad Stadium in July and the new generation of stars are expected to come into proceedings at the club.

Both Gaya and Cancelo are ideally suited to Guardiola’s style of play, and previously both players have been linked with major money moves to Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal, and Chelsea.

Hunter mentioned no fee during his revelation. However, City are in the market for another full-back, if not two, and the Valencia duo could a cheap and robust solution to City’s apparent problems.


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