A report has named Jose Mourinho’s No. 1 January transfer target in what has been described as a “limited window” for Manchester United.
The Independent claims the Man Utd boss is intent on bringing in Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler to strengthen his hand in the New Year.
The Portuguese boss spent heavily in the summer and attained for three of his four summer targets with Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic all arriving at Old Trafford. Mourinho was desperate to add winger Ivan Perisic to his squad, but Inter Milan played hard ball with the Croatian, who eventually signed a new contract keeping him in Milan until 2022.
That snub still wrangles with Mourinho, but the injury to Paul Pogba has left his midfield looking weak and he is desperate to address that in January.
Mourinho will not have a bottomless pit of money to spend and he will get nowhere near the £150million he spent in the summer with the report claiming “the club have already made it known that funds for purchases will be much more constrained than then”.
Soler, 20, has apparently “greatly impressed United staff” since making his debut for Valencia in December 2016. The Spain Under-21 midfielder has come through the ranks at the La Liga side and he has made 12 appearances this season, scoring once and claiming four assists.
Soler, who is under contract until 2021, is rated in the £40million bracket and the report claims United have considered offering Valencia loanee Andreas Pereira as part of the deal to get Soler on board at Old Trafford.