Chelsea In Late Swoop For Valencia Defender
The welcome to Valencia Starlet Gaya on the Chelsea website
Deadline day is always tense in the world of football, with many clubs often seeking the missing piece of their jigsaw ahead of the meat of the season. New Chelsea manager Dayton Lynch has signalled his intent for the season with a £35.5m move for Valencia youngster Jose Gaya; a bid which met the youngsters minimum release clause, and left Valencia's hands tied while the youngster pondered the London club's offer.
Gaya became Chelsea's fourth signing of the window, and the only major-money transfer as Lynch looks to his youth system for the talent to push his club to the next level. Preceding Gaya, Chelsea have also signed Yelko Pino from Celta Vigo, Anthony Maisonnial from AS Saint-Etienne, and Tomas Conechny from Argentine side San Lorenzo.
Gaya rose to prominence last season, making 35 league appearances.
Often touted as one of Spain's brightest talents, Gaya had been at Valencia for almost 5 years before his move to Chelsea, making 62 appearances for Valencia Mestalla, and 35 for the Senior team in his breakthrough 2014/15 season. His transfer makes him Valencia's record sale, and he looks set to make even more records at Chelsea, with many already pushing for Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque to include him in the next national squad; a sentiment echoed by his new manager:
"I'm delighted to have been able to sign Jose. He's an incredible talent, and from what we've already seen of him in training, it looks like we've signed a superstar. I've heard talk of him being included in the next Spanish squad, and even though he's got some competition for his position from players like Jordi Alba, I don't think he's far from being at that standard."