Jose Mourinho is looking to bring a degree of certainty to Manchester United’s midfield.
A long-term injury to talismanic midfielder Paul Pogba has dogged the once-impressive progress of the Red Devils. His absence since mid-September has been blamed for the subsequent lack of goalscoring, particularly from Romelu Lukaku.
Couple this with an injury to the increasingly important Marouane Fellaini, alongside a severe drop in form for Ander Herrera and attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and United can’t be blamed for attempting to rectify the situation in the January transfer window.
They did spend around €165m on new recruits this past summer however, so reports of Mourinho having to sell before he buys are likely on the mark.
If the likes of the out-of-favour Luke Shaw depart in the New Year, the United manager may well attempt to seek the signature of Valencia’s Carlos Soler, according to The Independent’s Miguel Delaney.
The 20-year-old is said to have “greatly impressed United staff in the 11 months since making his debut for Valencia in December,” per Delaney, who also raises the possibility of a player plus cash deal involving Andreas Pereira, who is currently on loan at Valencia.
While Mourinho is said elsewhere to be disappointed at not signing a winger, particularly Ivan Perisic of Inter Milan, central midfield is the current priority.
Soler has made 11 appearances for the La Liga side so far this season.