Spurs will sign Soldado is if they meet his €30m buy-out-clause…
Valencia president Amadeo Savio has issued a stark response to the rumours regarding his star striker Roberto Soldado’s future, reports Sky Sports.
“Soldado can go if he wants – for €30million and under our conditions,” Valencia’s president told Spanish news agency EFE.
Andre Villas-Boas has admitted his interest in the 28-year-old striker, but it is unknown whether the club will be prepared to pay such a large amount for a player close to his thirties.
“Valencia never had any intention of selling Soldado. If he goes then it is because the €30million figure has been met, not a cent less or a cent more,” continued Savio.
“The buying club will also have to accept Valencia’s conditions of payment also.
“We listened to him and we said what we have always said – that the price is €30m, then the boy himself can decide if he leaves and that the conditions of pay are what they are.”
Although Spurs’ director of football Franco Baldini travelled to Valencia to discuss a deal on Monday night, Savio’s comments indicate that his club are completely unwilling to negotiate. If Spurs are prepared to meet his buy-out-clause, Soldado would be expected to agree personal terms with the London club – but if they feel Valencia’s valuation is unreasonable, the deal could be dead in the water.
This would leave Spurs desperately looking for a striker before the start of the new season. They currently have ageing pair Jermaine Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor on the books, who only managed 16 league goals between them last year. Soldado on the other hand, scored 24, and has bagged an impressive 81 in 141 matches for Valencia overall.
His ability in front of goal would excite Spurs fans, who are already delighted at the £17m acquisition of Brazilian midfielder Paulinho. If they were to keep Gareth Bale, and secure Soldado, they would have very realistic ambitions of breaking back into the top four next season.