Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that Tottenham have given Roberto Soldado permission to talk to Villarreal about a potential move, the Daily Express report. The admission comes hours after Erik Lamela dropped a huge hint that the forward was on his way out.
The attacking midfielder tweeted a picture of himself and the Spaniard, and posted a message that was soon deleted (via Express).
Lamela wrote: “I enjoyed these two years that we share, I wish you well in your new club!! Good luck my friend!!”
The Spurs manager has subsequently confirmed that the 30-year-old is in the process of agreeing his White Hart Lane departure.
“It is true that the club gave permission [for Roberto] to go to Spain,” he said.
Despite the struggles of the £30m man, Pochettino had previously claimed that he was not for sale earlier in the summer, despite a £12m bid from the La Liga side (via Express).
And while the former Southampton boss is not planning to kick Soldado off the books entirely right now, the Express suggest that the plan is to loan him out and allow him to rebuild his reputation – and value – in Spain, before selling him on permanently.
With just seven goals in 51 Premier League games, it is unlikely that many fans of the north London side will miss having the Spaniard at the club.
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