Valencia holding out for more money for Soldado.
Following a £17m bid from Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday, Valencia have responded to the north London side stating that it will take a £25.5m offer to land Roberto Soldado, reports Super Deporte.
Spurs had been lining up the Spain international as the ideal candidate to solve their attacking problems but Soldado’s club – despite having significant financial worries – say any interested teams will have to activate the striker’s release clause of €30m (£25.5m).
This revelation could stretch Andre Villas-Boas’ side somewhat, as although forwards are a priority for the Portuguese boss he will probably be unwilling to stretch that far for a player that is already 28-years-old.
Soldado is a highly coveted striker currently, having scored 82 goals in three seasons at the Mestalla Stadium and Los Che therefore believe they can up the price for their prized asset.
The Spaniard progressed through the youth ranks at Real Madrid, also spending a year on-loan at Osasuna, before departing the Santiago Bernabeu in 2008 to join Getafe.
Yet it took just two years and 33 goals before Valencia became aware of Soldado’s talents and snapped up the forward for £8.8m in 2010.
Tottenham are struggling in the final third of the pitch as currently the club only has Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe as first team strikers on the books.
Spurs have been linked with several high profile names, but so far nothing has come of any potential deal, however, at least Valencia have now laid down what they’d expect from AVB if he wants to sign Soldado.
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