Florentino Pérez reportedly sees Valencia's José Luis Gayà as a strategic signing that could play a big part on Real Madrid's future. That's why Real Madrid want to sign the young left back no matter what, even though Valencia will not be willing to negotiate, something that forces Real to pay Gayà's €18 million buyout clause + taxes.
Valencia's priority is to sign Gayà to a contract extension that would increase his buyout clause significantly. Since Peter Lim took over the club, Valencia don't have the need to sell their players anymore, and Real Madrid being the club interested in Gayà only makes things worse, as Valencia always have hard feelings towards Los Blancos. They don't have such problem with FC Barcelona though, as Villa, Jordi Alba and Mathieu all joined Barcelona over the last four years.
If Real Madrid really feel they need to sign Gayà, they need to get ready to pay the buyout clause and every tax that comes with it as well. Make no mistake about it, Real Madrid did not pay Illarramendi or Sergio Ramos' buyout clauses, they negotiated with Sevilla and Real Sociedad to pay a €2-3 million more and that way avoid paying 45% of the whole deal in IRPF -- taxes --.
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Valencia will not jump through hoops here and will force Real Madrid to spend the €18 million + €8.1 million, meaning that Gayà would ultimately cost €26 million. The good news for Real are that Gayà's agents, Toldrá Consulting, have a very bad relationship with Valencia CF after President Amadeo Salvo kicked them out of his office during the Roberto Soldado-saga.
Gayà, still 19 years old, will not force his way out of Valencia and might as well sign an extension to increase his buyout clause, so the ball is now in Real Madrid's court. If they want to sign this young left back, Real Madrid need to convince the player of not signing such extension, wait until next summer and then pay his entire buyout clause. Valencia will not make things easy.