Word stemming from the Spanish media this weekend suggests that Premier League giants Arsenal have set their sights on the signature of Valencia star Carlos Soler.
The major talking point at the Emirates throughout the latest transfer window of course surrounded the club’s chase of reinforcements in the middle of the park.
Over the course of the summer, a whole host of midfield stars were linked with a move to north London.
Chief among these, over lengthy stretches, were Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and Atletico Madrid standout Thomas Partey.
In the end, having proven frustrated in their pursuit of the former, Arsenal opted to bring in Ghanaian international Partey, to add some much-needed presence to Mikel Arteta’s midfield ranks.
And the 27-year-old certainly didn’t taken long in making his presence felt, bagging Man of the Match honours in his full Gunners debut versus Rapid Wien, before driving his new side to a long overdue win at Old Trafford in November.
Szoboszlai heads elsewhere
Whilst Partey, long-term, will no doubt go on to prove a superb piece of business for Arsenal, however, the club’s midfield puzzle remains far from complete.
Recent months (prior to a recent upturn in form) have seen the lack of a creative spark at Mikel Arteta’s disposal widely highlighted, with a midfielder capable of both setting up teammates and finding the back of the net himself expected to be next on the Gunners’ wishlist.
This of course comes with Mesut Ozil having been frozen out in north London.
The player most persistently tipped to fill this role ahead of the opening of the winter window, up until recently, came in the form of Red Bull Salzburg sensation Dominik Szoboszlai.
This was, however, until confirmation was forthcoming late last month that the Hungarian has opted to join RB Leipzig:
The 20-year-old signs a contract until June 2025 and will wear the number 17 shirt ✍️ pic.twitter.com/tUakiN8zul
— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) December 17, 2020
Neither Szoboszlai’s decision to head to Germany, nor the burst onto the scene of Emile Smith Rowe over the last week, however, are expected to bring an end to Arsenal’s pursuit of fresh blood in midfield.
And, as outlined above, this weekend, yet another name has been added to the Gunners’ rumoured wishlist.
The player in question? Carlos Soler.
Valencia star Soler has long stood as a standout performer at the Mestalla, with his haul of 6 goals and 5 assists already this season only further proof of the 24-year-old’s talents.
In turn, as per a report from Spanish outlet El Desmarque, Mikel Arteta has set his sights on his fellow countryman.
Arsenal are also thought to have expressed an interest in Soler last winter, but were eventually forced to turn their attentions elsewhere.
Now, though, amid the financial crisis facing Valencia, the capital giants appear ready to reignite their pursuit, with a January bid not out of the question.
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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