“No Spurs approach yet for Soldado,” says Valencia sporting director Vazquez

Tottenham have not yet made an official approach for transfer target Roberto Soldado according to Valencia sporting director Braulio Vazquez, writes The Express.

Vazquez did confirm that there was plenty of interest in the Spanish international, but was keen to reaffirm that no official bids had yet been made for the 28-year-old.

Spurs have been linked with a move for Soldado throughout the summer thus far, with manager Andre Villas-Boas thought to be very keen to get the player, who has scored six goals in 11 caps for Spain, onto the books at White Hart Lane to aid next season’s Champions League qualification aspirations.

Vazquez said: “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.”

Despite Los Che’s reluctance to lose one of their star players, it is understood that plans are being put in place should the player decide to move on.

Vazquex continued: “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.”

Valencia coach Miroslav Djukic, meanwhile, remains optimistic that he can hang on to his goalscoring machine.

He 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.”

Soldado is thought to have a release clause in his contract worth around £25.9m, and so if any interested parties were to meet that price the club would effectively be powerless to prevent the player from leaving if those are his wishes.

Spurs are thought to be reluctant to spend such a sum, and hope that Valencia’s asking price will come down as transfer deadline day approaches in the hopes of cashing in on their prized asset, despite their public reluctance to let him leave.

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