Arsenal ready to raid cash-strapped Spanish club to secure midfielder

Date published: Thursday 26th March 2020 3:33

Arsenal could pounce on Valencia’s financial worries by raiding the Spanish club for midfielder Carlos Soler, according to reports.

The 23-year-old was promoted to the LaLiga club’s first team in January 2017 and he has since become a regular in the side, making 27 appearances in all competitions this term.

Indeed, the former Spain Under-21 international was vital as Valencia reached the last 16 of the Champions League, but they were dumped out of the competition by Atalanta.

According to Sky Sports News, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is a keen admirer of his compatriot and wants a big part of his Emirates rebuild to be focused on Spanish talent.

Arsenal‘s hopes of a deal could be boosted by the fact that Valencia are looking to stay financially healthy.

Spanish publication Marca reported earlier in the season that the LaLiga side need to offload £36million worth of talent by June 30 in order to avoid penalties.

Another player who could leave to raise funds is Ferran Torres, an attacker who has been heavily linked with Liverpool in recent days.

Torres, 20, has already made over 60 senior appearances for Valencia since first breaking into the team in 2017.

 

 

Arteta, meanwhile, began the first phase of his Arsenal rebuild in the January transfer window, signing Pablo Mari on loan from Flamengo.

The defender’s loan deal is set to expire at the end of the season but the Gunners are expected to trigger the option to buy clause in the deal.

In other news, Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has refused to rule out making a return to the club following his loan spell at Roma.

The Armenian was sent out on loan to the Serie A at the end of the summer transfer window after failing to gel under former Gunners boss Unai Emery.

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