Tottenham close to Soldado signing, says Valencia president

Tottenham Hotspur are nearing the capture of Valencia striker Roberto Soldado, the Guardian has reported, according to the president of the Spanish club.

Amadeo Salvo admitted Spurs have made an offer for Soldado that approaches the centre-forward’s release clause of £26m (€30m), although Valencia would be accepting the bid because they want to sell the player at that price and not because it meets the stipulation in the contract – if Tottenham trigger the release clause against Valencia’s will, the Premier League club will be obliged to pay tax on the fee, the newspaper adds.

Tottenham’s director of football, Franco Baldini, is in Valencia to negotiate the terms of the transfer, first meeting Soldado’s agent and then sitting down with Salvo, upping the club’s offer to €24m during the course of the conversation. Soldado is said to have agreed terms with Tottenham and will be paid in the region of £3m per year.

Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, is noted as a tough negotiator, the Guardian adds, and Spurs will try their hardest to pay less than Valencia’s valuation. Spurs could also seek to capitalise on the financial problems that have plagued Valencia and forced the sale in recent years of Juan Mata, David Silva and David Villa.

There has been contact during which Valencia have communicated [to Spurs] that we want the €30m, Salvo said. “Tottenham’s mission is to get the player at the best possible price and Valencia’s [mission] is to get those €30m.

There’s not much margin [for negotiation] now. For the deal to be closed, two things have to happen: for the lad to want to go and for the price that Valencia demand to be met. Then the board would study it.

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