Tottenham Hotspur have made an improved offer of £20m for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado. Swansea captain Williams flattered by Arsenal interest. Reina to join Napoli on season-long loan.
Tottenham Hotspur have made an improved offer of £20m for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado.
Spurs are in dire need of a striker who can score 20+ goals each season. And that reflected when they missed out on Champions League berths, two seasons in a row. Their top scorer last season was Gareth Bale with 21 goals. A distant second was Jermain Defoe, with 11. Despite being a phenomenal player, Bale cannot carry the team season after season and the deficiencies in the striking department have to be put to an end and perhaps Soldado is the answer to Villas-Boas’ problems. Valencia have already refused a £17m bid and it looks unlike that they are going to part with their prized asset for just 3 million more.
“The English team knows the situation. Valencia needs money. But we don’t have to sell our best player,” said the Valencia President, Amadeo Salvo.
Los Che are in dire need of fresh finance – so much so that they even had to look for a sponsor to fund the new contract that they have offered to Soldado. By next week a clearer picture might be available of Soldado’s future, who might not be willing to move to new pastures, just a year before the World Cup, where he can expect to lead Spain’s line-up. As for Spurs, they might just have to pay through the nose for this deal to happen. But in the end, given Soldado’s calibre, if this deal goes through, it might just be worth the trouble.
Swansea captain Williams flattered by Arsenal interest
Ashley Williams was one of Swansea’s best players last season. And Arsenal need to bolster their defense for a long season ahead. And for a seasoned defender like Williams, Arsenal is perhaps the best bet. Reportedly, Arsenal have agreed personal terms with the defender, but couldn’t come up with a suitable transfer fee that would satisfy Swansea. Williams played 41 times last season and won the League Cup. The Swans will certainly not let their captain go for anything cheap, especially after finishing in the top half of the table.
Replacement for Vermaelan, Williams will offer the London club the steel to their defense that they have been lacking in recent times. Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins have, however denied any contact between the two clubs.
Reina to join Napoli on season-long loan
Once touted as the replacement for Victor Valdes, Reina is set for a lone move to Napoli, under the tutelage of Benitez. A great shot-stopper, Reina is often remembered for his freak errors. Former Liverpool goalkeeping coach, Xavi Valero has already joined Benitez and the Spanish trio is expected to stand out next season. Liverpool signed Belgium international goalkeeper Simon Mignolet from Sunderland in a £9m deal last month, ergo, Reina’s chances were already reduced. And in the wake of some stunning performances by Diego Lopez, this is perhaps one move which will still keep Reina’s World Cup dream alive. More importantly, Napoli will offer Reina regular football and of course a chance to play in the Champions League, which looked difficult at Anfield.
One of Liverpool’s highest earners, Reina will now open up some opportunity for Liverpool to lure a striker for an exorbitant fee and a big pay-check. However, Reina wasn’t Benitez’s first choice – he was left frustrated with the transfer of Julio Cesar and turned his attention to Reina, who grabbed the opportunity.