Soldado has entered Atleti’s agenda as a replacement for Falcao.
Following the sale of Radamel Falcao to AS Monaco for £50m Atletico Madrid have turned their attention towards Tottenham target Roberto Soldado, reports Plaza Deportiva.
This would scupper Andre Villas-Boas’ efforts to improve his squad in north London with a forward believed to be the 35-year-old’s number one priority in this upcoming transfer window.
Atleti however do have a number of options on their shortlist, with Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke and Luis Suarez of Liverpool also believed to be potential suitors for the Madrid side.
Whilst Soldado himself has been a key player at the Mestalla Stadium and has pledged his commitment to the club, Valencia’s financial insecurity means it would prove to be very difficult to reject a large bid for the 28-year-old.
The former Real Madrid player started his career at the Santiago Bernanbeu, before moving onto Getafe and then Los Che signed the forward for £8.8m in 2010.
It’s likely that to land the Spaniard it would cost in excess of £20m in the current market however and it would be a pricey acquisition for whichever club signs the player.
Soldado has scored 82 goals in three seasons at Valencia including 24 strikes in La Liga last campaign alone.
Yet the club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League could tempt the Spain international into a move away from the side, although the lure of top European football is not something Spurs can offer either after finishing fifth in the Premier League.
Watch this impressive finish from Soldado against Atletico to see just how good he is.