Arsenal dealt blow as agent confirms Arteta favourite unlikely to move

The agent of Arsenal midfield target Carlos Soler has confirmed that talks over a new contract at Valencia are well underway.

Soler is tied down to the Mestalla until 2023, but with reported interest from Arsenal, the La Liga outfit are preparing additional measures to ensure he stays in Spain.

Valencia are in financial difficulty, so it remains to be seen how effective their contract talks will be, but according to Soler’s representative, the midfielder is set to stay put for several years.

Speaking to Mundo Deportivo (via Football Espana) about Soler’s future at Valencia, Rodri Baster revealed that the midfielder has a “long career ahead of him” at the Mestalla, and that discussions over an extension have thus far been “very positive”.

Soler is a Valencia academy graduate, having started out with his hometown club at the age of eight before making his first team debut in 2016, when he was 19.

The former Spain Under-21 international was linked with Manchester City in the past, before their coach Mikel Arteta became Arsenal manager and the links with Soler followed him.

It had been suggested that Arsenal could take advantage of Valencia’s financial struggles amid talk the Spanish side needed to raise around €40m before the end of June.

Valencia were said to be in danger of suffering financial fair play punishments if they did not raise the funds, with the potential sale of prize asset Soler one of the easiest ways to achieve the sum.

However, it appears the 23-year-old is keen to continue his journey with the only club he has represented in his career so far.