Carlos Soler is inching closer to departing Valencia, and reports continue to say he is most likely to move to Atlético Madrid. Soler, Valencia’s top goalscorer last season, is a 25-year-old Spanish international who ordinarily would cost the rojiblancos a song and a dance. But reports in Spain say that €15 million plus potential bonuses is enough to get a deal done.

These reports have hushed in recent days, with Atlético happy to wait this one out.

Valencia owner Peter Lim was not satisfied having donated Ferran Torres to Manchester City for €33 million two years ago (before City then flipped him to Barcelona for a €20 million profit). He didn’t even stop at selling Geoffrey Kondogbia to Atlético for €15 million in November 2020. He’s also given Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin to Villarreal, and for his latest act of charity, he looks ready to part ways with Soler — who is worth considerably more than the prices mentioned above.

To be fair, Lim’s hand is being forced given Soler’s contract situation. It expires next summer and the player is not inclined to renew. The two options are clear: keep him and lose him for nothing, or sell him and get something back. Based on Lim’s history with Valencia, it’s safe to assume which logic will prevail.

Soler is young enough to be optimistic about his development and had a good Nations League with Spain earlier this month. But if he signs for Atlético, what can he offer that they don’t currently have in their squad? And why are they targeting him, aside from the promising price tag?