Tottenham and Liverpool given deadline in Soldado chase

Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have been told they must make an offer for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado by August 3 – and meet his £25m release clause too, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Valencia president Amadeo Salvo has admitted Soldado could leave the club this summer but insists he will not allow the transfer to drag on into the start of the new La Liga season. He added that Valencia are selling from a strong position and it is down to the buying club to agree to their terms.

If any club wants our striker they are obliged to accept our conditions,” Salvo said. “And the price on the market has a clause. Until August 3, we accept that a deal may happen and we can negotiate. But after that date, he will not leave us.

Tottenham are considering a move for Soldado after missing out on two of their prior transfer targets – Barcelona striker David Villa, who joined Atletico Madrid, and Christian Benteke, who agreed a new contract at Aston Villa despite handing in a transfer request.

Liverpool meanwhile have already signed a couple of Spanish players, Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas and Sevilla midfielder Luis Alberto, who join Jose Enrique in representing the Iberia nation at Anfield. But goalkeeper Pepe Reina has been allowed to leave Merseyside and join Napoli on loan.

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