Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is reportedly interested in
bringing Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler to the club in the off-season.
Arteta took the reins at Arsenal on December 20 after Unai
Emery had been relieved of his duties but he didn't make any permanent signings
The Spaniard drafted in Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares on-loan
from Flamengo and Southampton respectively.
Reports suggest Mari could be added to the squad on a
permanent basis this summer, while Cedric is set to be a free agent and could
also be handed a long-term deal.
Arsenal have certainly improved since Arteta returned to
north London and his summer business could depend largely on how they finish
They sit just five points shy of fifth-placed Manchester
United after enjoying an eight-game unbeaten streak and could still secure a
spot in the Champions League.
Arteta is overloaded with options in attack but could
certainly do with reinforcements in midfield and defence to further boost their
chances of competing at the top end of the table in the future.
It appears that the former Manchester City assistant is
already plotting some potential business to strengthen in the middle of the
He is set to be a man light when Real Madrid loanee Dani
Ceballos returns to his parent club and reports suggest he is eyeing Soler as a
The 23-year-old is a graduate of Valencia's academy and has
made 105 La Liga appearances for his hometown club.
He also boasts European experience, featuring 11 times in
the Champions League, and has netted 17 goals across all competitions.
Soler is highly regarded by the hierarchy at the Mestalla
and he was handed a new contract, which runs until 2023, in December.
However, reports in Spain suggest Valencia are cash-strapped
and must raise over £36 million in player sales to balance the books before
That opens the door for Arsenal to swoop for the former
Spain under-21 international when the summer window comes into effect.
- TEAMtalk media