Arsenal are the youngest participant in the transfer race for Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler.
24-year-old Carlos Soler, who went through the youth of Valencia, enjoyed his breakthrough in the 2016/17 season. Since then, the versatile midfielder has grown into such an important player for Los Che, having played nearly 190 games in all formats, scoring 26 goals and as many assists.
The 24-year-old Spaniard had the best La Liga season of his career in 2020/21, recording 11 goals and eight assists in 32 games. Soler’s impressive form brought him to the Spanish national team for the World Cup qualification against Sweden, Georgia and Kosovo in the most recent international break, where he scored in a 2-1 loss to Sweden away and three days later again in a. scored 4-0 victory over Georgia.
The midfielder loves Valencia and is ready to commit his future to the club. Soler, who has a staggering € 150million release clause through 2023, is also admired by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as he has his eye on a long-term replacement for the late Georginio Wijnaldum.
Arsenal’s lack of quality and depth in midfield
Arsenal saw midfielders like Mateo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira and Joe Willock leave Emirates Stadium during the summer transfer window, while Dani Ceballos returned to Real Madrid after his loan period expired.
This left Mikel Arteta very few options in the middle of the park, and while he managed to bring Martin Odegaard on again – this time permanently from Real Madrid – and to sign young talent Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht, the Gunners still have a lot to do in fix this area of the playing field.
Thomas Partey had a normal debut season in the Premier League after joining Atletico Madrid last summer and will not have to play this season due to an ankle ligament problem. Grant Xhaka stayed with Arsenal after his lengthy move to AS Roma eventually collapsed, while Mohamed Elneny is not up to the standard to start week after week for such a prestigious club.
Therefore, Arteta needs a player with valuable experience and leadership skills to strengthen his options in the middle of the park.
Carlos Soler would be an ideal fit for the Emirates Stadium
Valencia star Carlos Soler could be a smart addition to the Gunners squad as he is a midfielder known for his versatility, playing in different positions, creating opportunities, adding momentum and energy to the game while being diligent does his defensive work.
The Spanish international is a sure passer with great tactical awareness, can pick up a pass in the last third and arrive late in the box with his vision to score goals. Soler is also a handy option for dead ball situations and its addition would add another dimension to Arsenal in the future. The Valencia star has the qualities to adapt to the demands of Premier League football and to be a success.
However, given the Gunners’ lack of success lately and the fact that the Gunners have failed to qualify for the Champions League in recent years, convincing Soler to move to the Emirates Stadium will be a daunting task.
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