Newcastle United's Rafa Benitez eyes move for rising Spanish star - report

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has drawn up his list of potential targets for the January transfer window and wants to sign Valencia's Carlos Soler, according to reports.

Carlos Soler's buy-out clause is 80 million euros; he renewed terms with the coastal club in May.

The absence of the French star due to a hamstring problem has suddenly seen United forced to play a much less expansive game without his passing, having left Mourinho with few alternative options in midfield. It's worth noting that various newspapers have linked United pair Matteo Darmian and Marouane Fellaini to Valencia in recent weeks.

There is no question that a rejuvenated de Jong would be crucial to Newcastle's survival hopes, and it appears that the attacker has put his injury demons behind him to find his best form once again - to the Toon's dismay. Pogba has had a hand in 4 goals (2 goals and 2 assists) in as many matches this season in the league, meaning that he has improved on his efficiency In the final third, a trait United players don't currently possess. He is famed for his passing, ability to bring others into play and his creativity when taking the ball from his teams half to that of the opponent.

Paul Pogba is reportedly moving "closer to a return" for Manchester United, but Saturday's clash with Newcastle United is "likely to come too soon" for him to feature.

Just 10 Premier League goals in 11 outings sees the Toon sit only five points above the relegation zone in England's top tier, with Benitez crying out for a marksman to help secure their safety against the country's best.

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