Spurs line up double Spanish swoop for Soldado and Villa
Tottenham Hotspur could be set to join Valencia’s Roberto Soldado up with Barcelona’s David Villa if the Spanish clubs accept their bids for the strikers.
Spurs are currently working on a deal with Barcelona after meeting with Villa’s representatives last week and have entered a second bid for Saldado which would break the club’s transfer record, set when they bought Luka Modric from Dynamo Zagreb for £16.75million in 2008.
A £17million deal is set to be formally sent this week and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy believes that it will be enough to take the striker to White Hart Lane despite the club’s £26million release clause.
Spurs were close to a deal for the player back in January but couldn’t get it wrapped up in time and have no decided to direct their full attentions on taking the 28 year old to North London after cooling their interest in Brazilian striker Leandro Damaio of Internacional until the chance of signing Soldado is fully explored.
The fifth place team last year are already signalling their intent to improve in Andre Villas-Boas’ secon dyear in charge having completed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Paulinho from Corinthians already this summer.
As regards Villa, Barcelona want to hold out for £12million asSerie A side Fiorentina are thought to be willing to meet that price but Spurs are confident that they can land Spain’s all time leading scorer for closer to £8million after meeting with his agent in Brazil last week.
The 31 year old wants to play in the Premier League and would prefer to move to Spurs after Arsenal ended their interest since making progress on the capture of Real Madrid’s Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain.
Villa has already agreed in principle to joining Spurs but the clubs have yet to hash out a deal though Barcelona are willing to move the player on after the signing of Brazilian superstar Neymar.
Barcelona would rather sell Villa due to the increase in wages he receives once he rolls into the next year of his contract and the player wants to go some place where he has a better guarantee of regular game time ahead of the World Cup next year.
Villas-Boas has identified the need for a better level of striker at the club after Emannuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe struggled for consistency over the season.