Manchester United have identified Valencia winger Carlos Soler as their prime target for January.
Jose Mourinho has recognized his side’s surprising lack of quality on the flanks, and has been desperate to rectify the situation by signing a player who can add star quality from out wide.
However, he has found it very difficult to do so, with links to Gareth Bale and Alexis Sanchez proving to be unfounded, and the pursuit of Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic leading him nowhere.
Soler has made a huge impression since breaking into the Valencia first team last December, and the 20-year-old’s performances have alerted United’s scouts to his potential.
He has started all 11 games in the league so far, picking up a goal and 4 assists in the process. His club appears to have benefited from his displays, as they are currently second in the table – 4 points ahead of the two Madrid giants, and 4 behind first-placed Barcelona.
The Spaniard is primarily a central midfielder, but has proved his ability in a more advanced attacking midfield role and on the right flank as well.
According to Independent, his versatility, along with his age, could be exactly suited to the type of player Mourinho is looking for, but his price tag may be an issue. The fee being quoted for Soler is believed to be around £40m, which seems quite over the top for a player who only made his debut 11 months ago.
Mourinho has also been informed that his funds will be restricted for the upcoming windows if he doesn’t let go of his fringe players, and the Portuguese may have to take quick action if he really wants to sign the Valencia starlet.
The same report also suggests that Andreas Pereira may be key to any move for Soler. The midfielder is currently on loan at Valencia, and is reportedly keen on staying in Spain to develop even further. As a result, Mourinho may opt to sell the Brazilian to Los Che in an attempt to lower their asking price for the winger.
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