Liverpool may be about to further frustrate Tottenham Hotspur’s search for a striker by pipping the Londoners to Valencia’s Roberto Soldado as Spurs stall over meeting the Spanish side’s £25million asking price.
Spurs lost out on Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke because it is thought the player’s agent advised him that they would not meet the club’s valuation and he was better off signing an extension on improved terms rather than being part of an elongated deal which was unlikely to come off.
Now Spurs are being asked to pay a similar fee for Soldado, having had a £17million bid rejected for the player already and their failure to return with a bid closer to Valencia’s price tag has alerted Liverpool to the player’s availability.
Soldado was first touted as a replacement for Luis Suarez and a bid that met his £25million buyout clause would spark further speculation that the Uruguayan was set for the exit at Anfield despite manager Brendan Rodgers’ repeated assertion that he is not for sale.
The 28 year old Spaniard netted 24 times for Valencia last season but his age would not fit Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s profile for an outlay of more than £20million as his sell-on value would be much lower, though Liverpool bosses would not baulk at that price if he improved the team’s chances of making the lucrative Champions League places.
Valencia would rather not sell but the club’s director Braulio Ortiz admitted that they need to raise funds and the sale of players is one option to bring in money this summer.
The Spanish club have attempted to incite a bidding war without allowing it to unsettle their pre season plans by setting August 3rd as the deadline day for any deal to be concluded at his current release clause.
Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas as told press that money is available for first team players still after the signing of Nacer Chadli and Paulinho for a total of £24million already this season and it is widely accepted that he wants to bring in a new first-choice centre forward after Jermaine Defoe and Emanuel Adebayor’s patchy returns last season.
The club have already failed in their attempts for Benteke and David Villa and with Liverpool entering the fray for Soldado Villas-boas may see another target slip through his fingers as Levy holds tightly to the purse strings.