Mourinho wants 21-year-old Spaniard to replace Mkhitaryan


Mourinho wants 21-year-old Spaniard to replace Mkhitaryan

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Man United boss Jose Mourinho will be looking to solve his Henrikh Mkhitaryan headache by signing Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler this January, according to Don Balon.

Mkhitaryan has fallen out with Mourinho this season with the Portuguese accusing the creative Amenian of disappearing in games while Soler has climbed the Valencia ranks to become a permanent name on the first-team sheet of Marcelino Toral.

And now, Marcos Rodriquez of Don Balon claims that Mourinho sees Soler as the perfect man to take some of the load off Paul Pogba's shoulders in midfield. This would come at a cost though as Soler has a release clause of €80 million following his contract renewal in May last year.

Mourinho has a few tricks up his sleeve, however, as he has the option of player-exchange-plus-cash deal involving either Mkhitaryan or Juan Mata, who he sold to United from Chelsea in 2014. 

Valencia’s financial trouble in recent years could also play in United's favour who can end up getting Soler for no more than €45 million.

The Sun reported in October that negotiations had already started, but things have quieted down a bit since then – apparently it is likely the stillness before the storm.

That Soler fits into Mourinho’s plans nicely is no secret. He is a very adaptable type of midfielder with keen footballing intelligence – all qualities Mourinho values. Apart from giving Pogba a partner in midfield, Soler’s adaptability could provide United with a safe net should Maroune Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Michael Carick choose to part ways with the club as their in their final year of their contracts.

Soler’s current deal with Valencia expires in 2021.



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1 Manchester City FC 23 50 62
2 Manchester United FC 23 32 50
3 Liverpool FC 23 26 47
4 Chelsea FC 23 25 47
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 23 25 44
6 Arsenal FC 23 11 39
7 Burnley FC 23 -1 34
8 Leicester City FC 23 2 31
9 Everton FC 23 -13 27
10 Watford FC 23 -9 26
11 West Ham United FC 23 -12 25
12 Crystal Palace FC 23 -12 25
13 AFC Bournemouth 23 -11 24
14 Huddersfield Town 23 -20 24
15 Newcastle United FC 23 -10 23
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 23 -12 23
17 Southampton FC 23 -11 21
18 Stoke City FC 23 -27 20
19 West Bromwich Albion FC 23 -12 19
20 Swansea City FC 23 -21 17