Spurs’ director of football photgraphed with agent of Valencia star.
Speculation is rife on twitter and Tottenham fan forums that the Lilywhites are closing in on a club record deal to sign Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, the Spain international who boasts a €30m release clause.
This image of Spurs’ director of football Franco Baldini with Soldado’s agent Alberto Toldra, spotted on SpursCommunity.co.uk, has done little to dampen the fevered speculation.
However, it is common knowledge that Baldini was in Valencia at the beginning of this week before returning to London having failed to agree a price with Los Che.
While this pic would suggest Spurs have already discussed personal terms with Soldado’s camp, the issue with the deal appears to be the North London club’s unwillingness to shell out such a hefty fee for a 28-year-old, rather than a reluctance to move on Soldado’s part.
Incidentally, there is nothing to suggest that this picture is new. In fact, judging from the duo’s shirts, it is from the meeting that took place five days, another photograph of which we found on the excellent 101GreatGoals.
While there is no concrete evidence other than media speculation to suggest Spurs were ever seriously interested in David Villa and Christian Benteke, if Spurs miss out on Soldado it can hardly be denied the club were keen on the Spaniard and serious questions should be asked about chairman Daniel Levy’s committment to signing a world-class striker.