Valencia have released a statement emphatically denying rumours suggesting midfielder Carlos Soler could move to Manchester United.
Reports have claimed that talks were underway between the two clubs over over a potential £30m move to Old Trafford for the Spain Under-21 international.
Soler broke into the Valencia first team back in December and has become an indispensable feature of a Valencia side currently second in La Liga.
A club spokesman, when asked about rumours surrounding the midfielder, told Super Deporte: “We have no discussions with anyone for any player in the team.”
This is the standard bureaucratic answer you are meant to give in these situations, and doesn’t by any means rule out the notion that there is interest in Soler.
Then again, seeing the Spaniard’s name linked with United makes sense in the context of Valencia’s recent superb form which has seen them win five consecutive games. If you want to gauge the DNA of Marcelino’s side, look no further than Soler.
With the sturdy Geoffrey Kondogbia alongside him, Soler brings creativity and speed to the forefront of his game and indeed to Valencia’s overall approach going forward.
The main difference between the Valencia of old and this new outfit is the levels of confidence running through the side, and such a change is encapsulated by the Spaniard’s all encompassing approach. He is daring, dextrous and superb on a technical level.
Mourinho will need a central midfielder over the summer and ought to keep a close eye on the youngster’s progress.