Soldado to Tottenham seems all but done, as the North London club have triggered the striker’s £25m release clause. Meanwhile, Manchester United revisit their interest in Modric, and Borussia Dortmund look to fortify their midfield.
Tottenham trigger Soldado’s £25m release clause
Roberto Soldado is close to making a North London switch. Valencia’s former club official Antonio Sese revealed that Tottenham Hotspur have triggered the Spanish striker’s release clause, rumored to be around £25 million.
“I’ve been told that soon Roberto Soldado’s transfer will be official. They’re paying the [release] clause.” Sese wrote on his Twitter page.
Andre Villas-Boas is a known admirer of the striker’s formidable skill. Since joining the club in 2010, Soldado has scored 81 goals in 141 appearances for Valencia and was the highest Spanish goalscorer last season in La Liga.
Valencia coach Miroslav Djukic has wished Soldado the best of luck should his talented charge choose to find greener pastures elsewhere. It is regretfully not completely surprising that his hypothetical statement now approaches a fact, as Valencia’s financial situation has forced many players to leave in recent years.
On the other side of this transfer, Soldado would take Tottenham’s transfer window spending to £50m. The figures would suggest that Spurs have a plan for balancing the books. Gareth Bale’s name comes to mind, as interest from Real Madrid escalates toward record transfer figures.
Daniel Levy continues to insist that Bale is not for sale, and has reportedly rejected a £86m offer from Real Madrid. Whether this is a ploy to maximize profit or whether it is an actual statement of intent remains to be seen. But with Soldado joining the ranks and either Bale or some £80m+ to reinvest in the squad — things are looking up for Tottenham.
Manchester United prepared to bid for Modric
Having been repeatedly frustrated in their attempts to sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona, Manchester United are revisiting their interest in another former-EPL man.
David Moyes is “quite confident” that United will add to their squad before the transfer window closes. But the rumored Fabregas deal seems to be heading nowhere fast, and Real Madrid are in pole position to sign United’s other target, Gareth Bale — leaving the Red Devils to look elsewhere for their star midfield signing. Should neither Fabregas nor Marouane Fellaini move to Old Trafford, United are prepared to bid £25m for Real Madrid’s Luka Modric as a back-up option.
Having joined Real Madrid from Tottenham last season, Modric scored 3 goals in 33 appearances and failed to cement himself as a regular first-team starter in the Spanish capital. Manchester United tried to sign Modric once, before the midfielder left for La Liga, but were rejected by Tottenham. Given their luck so far, United must hope that Real Madrid will be easier to negotiate with than Levy.
Dortmund may sign Nuri Sahin permanently
Borussia Dortmund are considering making Nuri Sahin’s loan from Real Madrid permanent, according to AS and Westfälische Rundschau.
Nuri Sahin had established himself as the best holding midfielder of the Bundesliga in 2011/12, before departing for La Liga when Real Madrid came knocking. His life since the transfer has been a series of unfortunate events. After a long injury lay-off that ended with a disappointing loan spell at Liverpool, Sahin finally returned to Dortmund on loan last January, and became part of the youthful squad that made the first-ever all-German Champions League final against Bayern.
Sahin’s loan deal includes an option to buy, and for €8.5m Dortmund could see their favored son come back to Signal Iduna Park for good.
The midfielder has admitted to being unhappy abroad, and said of his loan return to Dortmund that, “I know where I want to be, and I am there now.”
“A bit early” for Gündogan to move to England
Ilkay Gündogan’s father and agent has expressed his desire that the midfielder remain with Borussia Dortmund for the time being.
“He is doing fine,” Irfan Gündogan told kicker. “It is too early for a move to a club in England or Spain.”
The 22-year-old Gündogan currently has a deal until 2015. He scored in the Champions League final for Dortmund, and is rapidly becoming one of the best midfielders in Europe. Interest from abroad has followed his rising profile, with the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Manchester United rumored to be chasing his signature.
But Gündogan has expressed his willingness to renew his contract, and Dortmund are in the process of negotiations with the midfielder this month.