Carlos Soler has become hot property in the transfer market. The 25-year-old is on the market for the first time since his debut in La Liga, and several domestic and international clubs are said to be in the race to sign him.
According to reports from Tribuna Deportiva, Atletico Madrid are also pushing to acquire the player’s services upcoming season. Los Rojiblancos have already contacted the representatives of the player and aspects like the economics and conditions of a transfer have also been discussed.
Atletico Madrid believe that they can sign the Spaniard for a bargain fee of around €20 million. Considering that Valencia initially asked for €30 million for their star, the gap does not seem too much to bridge.
Barcelona posed the biggest threat in the Colchoneros pursuit of the player. However, the Blaugranas’ interest in Soler calmed down in recent weeks and it is said that they are now out of the race.
The 25-year-old can provide the X factor in Diego Simeone’s midfield with his progressive play and eye for goal. His presence will be a welcome addition amidst the recent dull performances of Koke and Rodrigo de Paul.
In 28 La Liga starts last season, Soler scored 11 goals and provided five assists. Further, he scored on International duty in Spain’s recent 2-0 win over Czech Republic.
Simeone’s side will face competition for his signing from clubs like Juventus who continue to be interested. However, it is expected that the player will prefer a move in Spain as he has seen his entire career so far at Valencia.
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Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.
But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.
Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.
But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.
However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.
Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.
Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.
So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.
The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.
But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.