Reports: Manchester United to make €56 million bid for Spanish midfielder in January
Manchester United are eyeing a stunning capture in the January market to help them compete with Manchester City
What's the story?
Manchester United may have just suffered the humiliation of losing at Huddersfield - against a bunch of players, Jose Mourinho claimed, had much better attitude than his own - but the massive administrative machinery that runs United behind the scenes has been functioning with a pro-active dynamism that Mourinho would love to see on the field of play from his players.
With United's central midfield looking suspiciously weak after the shock injuries to Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini... and with age finally catching up with poor ol' Michael Carrick, the manager and his men behind the scene are working on a deal that would strengthen their presence in that area.
To this end, the good folk over at ESPN have reported that Manchester United are readying a €34 million bid (£30 million) for Spanish U-21 and Valencia sensation Carlos Soler - however, considering he has a release clause of around €84 million (£75 million), it is likely that United will have to shell out considerably more, and a bid in the region of €56 million (£50 million) to get their man.
In case you didn't know
You may be wondering why United don't simply recall Andreas Perreira from loan at Valencia, but the story surrounding his transfer out hints at the reason why -
On transfer deadline day, Andreas Perreira had, of his own volition, sought and obtained a loan deal to the Spanish side - and Jose Mourinho had publicly expressed his disappointment at the Brazilian's choice. This has probably caused the bridge to burn between the two - and Mourinho probably sees Soler, who is a first-choice starter for Valencia, as a superior footballer in any case
The heart of the matter
Soler has been an integral part of Valencia's flying start to the season, making 4 assists and scoring a goal in 9 appearances as Los Che keep up pace with Barcelona atop the league table. A clinical passer of the ball and one with an ability to create opportunities for others - he has already created 15 chances this season - he might be just what United need in January to boost the squad's confidence during the vital run-in.
With Valencia having suffered a horrendous season last time around, he is, of course, not cup-tied in Europe either.
Carlos Soler in action
Lad can play a bit, eh?
Soler's ability to turn quickly and run with the ball in a packed midfield is reminiscent of the great David Silva, and his directness will provide a refreshing difference to a United midfield that can appear too stoic for it's own good at times when Paul Pogba isn't around.