The Spaniard's good form has continued in La Liga - and on a bad day for his former club.
Villarreal coach Marcelino has commented on speculation linking Roberto Soldado with a return to La Liga.
With Nemanja Vidic looking increasingly likely to leave Old Trafford, Manchester United will be seeking a replacement for the Serbian.
Manchester City are starting to hit top form, and now just lie one point behind leaders Arsenal as we enter the January transfer window.
A report from Spain has suggested Villarreal are refusing to consider selling Mateo Musacchio.
Real Madrid entertain third placed Villarreal this weekend with Gareth Bale likely to make his debut.