Tottenham Hotspur are the favorites to land Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, while Liverpool FC close in on Aly Cissokho.
Tottenham Hotspur close to landing Roberto Soldado
Tottenham are reportedly close to signing 28-year-old Spanish international Roberto Soldado from Valencia.
The London club were in desperate need of a new striker 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 now they have 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 £25 million buy-out clause in the contract of Soldado.
“After that date, he will not leave us,” – Amadeo Salvo told the press.
The Spanish club has also confirmed that Tottenham have approached them with their interest and negotiations are currently underway between both the clubs.
“There has been contact during which Valencia have communicated [to Spurs] that we want the €30m. Tottenham’s mission is to get the player at the best possible price and Valencia’s [mission] is to get those €30m.
“There’s not much margin [for negotiation] now. For the deal to be closed, two things have to happen: for the lad to want to go and for the price that Valencia demand to be met. Then the board would study it.” – The Valencia President said.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has also confirmed the club’s interest in Soldado, but insisted that he is just one among many players they are considering a move for at the moment.
“At the moment, he’s just one of the players we are interested in.
“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.” – The Tottenham manager told the press.
Spurs Sporting Director, Franco Baldini, travelled to Valencia yesterday and held a discussion with Roberto Soldado’s agent, Alberto Toldrá. He is also expected to have a meeting with Valencia president Amadeo Salvo. It is believed that Spurs are unwilling to meet the buy-out clause in Soldado’s contract and are instead offering €24 million.
Recent reports also suggest that Liverpool are looking to hijack Tottenham’s move for Soldado as they look to secure a replacement for Luis Suarez. Valencia’s deadline means, Spurs and Liverpool now have little over a week to wrap up this deal. Soldado will be a fine addition for either of the clubs. The former Real Madrid striker has scored 81 goals in the last three seasons for the Spanish club and has been one of the most prolific strikers in La Liga for the past five seasons or so.
Liverpool close to signing Valencia left-back Aly Cissokho
Liverpool are reportedly close to landing Aly Cissokho on loan from Valencia with an option to buy him.
Brendan Rodgers has earlier stated his desire to sign a new left-back as there is very little back-up for Jose Enrique.
“There are obviously certain areas of the squad where we’re a bit thinner than others.
“We probably need a bit more support – that extra bit of quality – at the top end of the field and that’s something we’ll look out for.
“That’ll be mixed with needing cover in the left-back position – that’s something we’re looking at. It’s not really about numbers, it’s about quality.
“If we can do that over the next number of weeks we’ll be happy.” – The Liverpool manager told the press.
According to latest reports Liverpool are in negotiation with Valencia and are close to landing Frenchman Aly Cissokho on loan. The Merseyside club are willing to offer a loan fee of around £850,000 and will have an option to sign him permanently for £3.5m next season.
The Spanish club are in deplorable financial condition at the moment and are looking to offload players this summer in order to cut down on their wage bill. Roberto Soldado, another player linked with Liverpool, is also expected to leave, with Tottenham leading the race for his signature. Cissokh, who joined the club back in 2012 from Lyon, has failed to live up to the expectations. The 25-year-old is believed to be looking for a fresh start and has recently welcomed Liverpool’s interest in him.
“Liverpool is such a great club, so to be linked with them is fantastic. But there is nothing concrete from anyone at the moment.
“If there is an opportunity to join such a club, I will take it. Valencia are a great club, in a great city, but Liverpool are a legendary club.” – The former Porto defender said few days back.
Cissokho could become the club’s fifth signing of what has been an incredibly busy summer. The Frenchman could be a fairly decent back-up for Enrique, given his experience and the fact that he is been loaned. He was expected to attain greater things as a youngster, and although he hasn’t fulfilled his potential yet, he could yet improve if he regains his confidence.