Tottenham Hotspur remain in negotiation with Valencia over the sale of Roberto Soldado, while Gareth Bale is reportedly pushing for a move to Real Madrid as Spurs turn down their opening bid.
Tottenham looking to pip Liverpool in the race for Roberto Soldado
Tottenham Hotspur are still in the race for the signature of Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, despite Liverpool’s late attempt to hijack the deal.
The London club are desperate to add a new striker to their ranks, after Adebayor’s struggle in front of goal last season and Defoe’s inconsistency (and fitness concerns) proved to be costly in the end, as Spurs missed out on Champions League football once again. Tottenham have found it hard to offload Adebayor this summer, although he has reportedly drawn interest from Turkey in recent times. But irrespective of Adebayor and Defoe’s future at the club, Spurs needs a big name upfront.
They have already failed with their attempt to sign Damiao, Benteke and David Villa this summer and have eventually turned their attention towards Spanish international Roberto Soldado. Valencia have earlier announced a deadline of 3rd August for clubs who are interested in meeting the €30 million buy-out clause in the contract of Soldado.
Spurs Sporting Director, Franco Baldini, travelled to Valencia few days ago and held discussions with Roberto Soldado’s agent, Alberto Toldrá. But it seemed like Spurs are unwilling to meet the buy-out clause in Soldado’s contract and are instead offering €24 million. Reports also suggested that Liverpool are trying to hijack Spurs’ move for the Spanish international by putting in a bid of their own, as they are preparing for life without Luis Suarez at Anfield.
But Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas has once again confirmed their interest in Roberto Soldado and insisted that negotiations are still underway between both the clubs.
“There is interest in the player, no matter what happened in the last couple of days.
“He is a quality player, he has done well at Valencia for the last few seasons.
“He has had a good education from the Real Madrid school and he is a player which we interested in adding.” – The Tottenham Hotspur manager was quoted in press.
Tottenham will have to raise their initial offer as Valencia are unlikely to lower their demands. The presence of Liverpool’s interest in the striker is all sure to spice up this transfer saga, although Spurs still remain the favourites to land him.
Gareth Bale unhappy with Spurs as the London club reject Real Madrid’s world record offer
Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly turned down a massive €100m bid from Real Madrid for their long term target Gareth Bale, and it is also believed that the Welshman is unhappy with the club’s refusal at granting him the move.
It was almost inevitable; after months of speculation regarding Real Madrid’s interest in Gareth Bale, the Spanish club have finally made their move. It is believed that Real Madrid have offered £86.3m for the Welsh wizard, which beats the world record transfer fee they paid for Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo. But Tottenham have turned down this massive offer as Daniel Levy looks to play hard ball with Real Madrid.
Levy has insisted that Bale won’t be sold and the fact that the 24-year-old still has three years left in his contract means Tottenham are good position to hold off Real Madrid’s interest. In fact Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas has revealed on Friday that the club are ready to offer a new contract to Bale with improved salary, but it seems the Bale is keen on a move away from the White Hart Lane.
Reports suggest that Gareth Bale wants Champions League football and is unhappy with the fact that Tottenham are denying him the opportunity to complete his dream move to Real Madrid. He has recently missed Tottenham’s preseason matches against Sunderland and South China due to what has been reported as lack of fitness. The Telegraph reports that Bale will leave the squad today and fly to London in order hold talks with Daniel Levy regarding his future.
Meanwhile manager Andre Villas Boas, who till date has dismissed all rumours of Bale’s departure, has refused to comment on the recent reports of Bale pushing for a move away from the club.
“I don’t want to comment on anything like that. I cannot speak about anything.” – The Portuguese said.
It seems highly unlikely that Real Madrid will come back with an improved offer considering the big bid they have made initially. Spanish media are also reporting that Real Madrid are ready to offer Di Maria and Fabio Coentrao to Tottenham as the part of the deal, along with cash. Madrid’s hope of securing the signature of Bale perhaps lies with the Welshman, and whether he puts in a transfer request to complete this move.