Tottenham and Liverpool are ready to meet Valencia striker Roberto Soldado's release clause of €30m, according to Spanish newspaper AS. The report claims the Spain international's club remain reluctant to sell the 28-year-old former Real Madrid man but are preparing to lose his services nevertheless.
White Hart Lane and Soldado
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has made only one signing so far this summer - Brazilian midfielder Paulinho joined from Corinthians for £17m. And with Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor almost certain to leave White Hart Lane this summer, AVB will have only England international Jermain Defoe as a senior striker.
Worse still, Defoe is 30 years old and has had a series of ankle and muscle injuries over the past few months, prompting speculation over his north London future. According to the Mail Online, new Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is keen on a £6m bid for the forward and that could tempt AVB to cash in on the player.
Either way, Spurs do need a new striker. The club were tracking Spain international David Villa, but the World Cup-winning goal scorer opted to swap Barcelona for Atlético Madrid instead.
Anfield and Soldado
Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers is still waiting for the Luis Suarez issue to resolve itself. The Uruguayan international was far and away the Reds' best player last season but the fallout of the Branislav Ivanovic incident continues to push him towards an Anfield exit, with Arsenal heavily linked.
Rodgers has already confirmed he will do all he can to hold on to Suarez but will, no doubt, be making plans to replace the former Ajax man if necessary. And Soldado could be an ideal replacement.
The Spaniard registered an impressive 24 goals and four assists from 33 La Liga starts last season and has also scored four goals from five appearances with the national team.
The La Liga club's sporting director, Braulio Vazquez, has confirmed he has yet to receive bids and also admitted he was considering possible replacements should the forward decide to leave.
"At the moment we have not received any formal offers for our striker, but there are many people who have asked us about his situation. I can't say much more. Do Valencia have a Plan B for the departure of Soldado? That is normal if big clubs are interested in a striker who scored 24 league goals in the previous season," Vazquez said in a press conference.
However, Valencia's new manager, Miroslav Djukic, insists he can persuade the striker to remain at the Mestalla. Speaking ahead of the new season, the ex-Serbian defender said: "I think Roberto Soldado will stay here. Soldado is a very important player and I want him to be the leader of this team."
As for Soldado himself, he has admitted he could be open to a move abroad. The striker listed Germany and England as preferred destinations.
"I am great at Valencia and I have a contract until 2017 but I want to play in England or Germany. My future is uncertain. Now I just want to fulfil my contract with Valencia," he said.