Premier League club Tottenham have reportedly submitted a new bid for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado after an initial offer of £17 million was turned down by the Spanish club, according to the Daily Star. The bid, confirmed by Valencia’s team president Amadeo Salvo, is rumored to be somewhere in the region of £20 million, and would see the striker double his wages at White Hart Lane.
“The English team knows the situation. Valencia needs money. But we don’t have to sell our best player,” Salvo said to the Daily Star.
Valencia, however, say they will hold out on selling the Spanish international until his £30 million release clause is activated, and will likely not discuss the transfer at all until they receive a bid in the region of the clause value.
The 28-year-old attacker made 35 La Liga appearances for the Spanish club last season, scoring 24 times, while adding four assists as well. The attacker started his career at Spanish giants Real Madrid at the age of 15, before moving to Getafe in 2008. Soldado, however, moved on from Getafe in 2010 after a successful 16-goal campaign, joining current club Valencia, where the striker has made 101 total appearances for the club, scoring 59 goals in that time.
If the Spurs do indeed capture the Spanish attacker, he would be their second big-name signing of the summer, as Tottenham have already added Brazilian midfielder Paulinho from Corinthians earlier this summer in a £17 million move. The Spurs have also been heavily linked to Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke this summer, who is looking to move on from Villa Park.
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