AVB: Soldado is Spurs target

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed his interest in signing Valencia striker Roberto Soldado.

Last Updated: 23/07/13 at 21:25 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Villas-Boas is looking to increase his attacking options as he only has Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor as senior strikers to call upon in his squad.

He has been heavily linked with a move for Soldado and reports have claimed that Spurs' director of football Franco Baldini travelled to Valencia on Monday to meet with the club and the player's representative.

Soldado has a €30million (£25.8m) release clause in his contract and any deal for the Spain international would break Spurs' transfer record.

No deal has been agreed between the two clubs as yet and Villas-Boas stated that the 28-year-old is just one of the players under consideration.

"At the moment, he's just one of the players we are interested in," said Villas-Boas at a press conference in Hong Kong.

"It's not a lie to anybody that we've been looking for a striker to strengthen our squad and to have more strength in depth.

"Roberto is one of the players we have been following and his career speaks for itself. He's a great striker.

"But there isn't a deal being struck at the moment, it's just interest and conversations."

Liverpool have also reportedly shown an interest in Soldado, but Valencia coach Miroslav Djukic is confident that the former Getafe forward's release clause will put off other clubs.

"I do not believe that any club will pay Soldado's buy-out clause," Djukic told reporters in Spain.

"What I think is that he will stay with us, although I cannot guarantee anything. In football and in life you have to be prepared for anything.

"We all want him to stay and we think that he will, but it is possible that someone could actually meet that buy-out clause even if I do not think that will happen.

"For now, he is our player and we are counting on him.

"Since the start we have said that Soldado is not for sale and that the only way that he could leave is if someone meets the buy-out clause amount and the player accepts it."

Valencia president Amadeo Salvo, meanwhile, also stated on Monday that he wants those clubs reportedly keen on Soldado to make their intentions known sooner rather than later amid claims a deadline of 3rd August has been set for any deal to be struck.

Salvo told Speyer: "The message we have to give is that we need tranquillity.

"If Soldado leaves in the near future, near to the end of the transfer window, we will have to find a replacement."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's wrong to be making a joke out of Bender's name at the expense of gay people. It's the kind of childish, uncivilised thing that Football365 would deride and ridicule if it was another media outlet saying. Why is there a need for jokes like this? Does it make your writers feel like men? F365 might suggest that I 'lighten up', but it is genuinely traumatic for people who have been oppressed all their lives to be the butt of jokes, and to be told...

anamsport
The Beeriod Gossip

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

Footer 365

Arsenal 1 Chelsea 0: Gunners win Community Shield

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored as Arsenal won the Community Shield with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea, with Arsene Wenger finally beating Jose Mourinho.

Angel Di Maria poised for medical ahead of move to PSG

Angel Di Maria is set to undergo a medical with Paris Saint-Germain ahead of a proposed £44m move from Manchester United.

Mourinho plans to manage into his 70s

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes he is a better manager than he was 10 years ago - and he wants to continue until he's in his 70s.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company