Arsenal have been linked with a move for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado on a number of occasions
It could be now that they stand their best ever chance of signing him, following the resignation of the club’s president Manuel Llorente.
Llorente resigned over a decision to change board members in the majority shareholder of the football club to individuals that the now former president did not agree with.
It leads Valencia without any distinct leadership as they remain in a tight and unsecure financial position, which could see a number of the club’s top players leaving at a faster rate than ever before.
Top players like to have stability, they like to know that their future is secure and the future of the club they are employed by is secure.
Along with Llorente’s resignation, seven other board members have also been forced to resign which means Valencia could be a very fragile club and business over the rest of the summer and through the season.
If the fact they defaulted on a debt payment of 86 million Euros didn’t concern many players, then it should do because any form of repetition will leave the club in extreme dire straits.
It could mean Valencia are forced to sell off their best players to generate cash, which means some of the best and most consistent players the club has had in recent times could become available at very cheap prices.
Valencia could well survive but someone like Roberto Soldado could be tempted away from the mess to join a side, which has been following for pretty much the entire season.
There is plenty of reason for the Gunners to go after him as Arsene Wenger looks to secure and improve the future of his attacking unit, which Soldado is more than good enough to fit into.
There have also been plenty of rumours doing the rounds, which suggest that the club could move Lukas Podolski on this summer, with Juventus interested in signing him just a single season after he joined the North London side. But even if he stays, the Gunners are likely to buy a striker, with Wenger's penchant for playing the German on the wing.
What Arsenal can offer Soldado is not only playing time, but financial security which is important for not just himself, but his family and their future, alongside fellow Spaniards Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal.
Arsenal have made a habit of turning over reliable profits and now they have paid off their stadium debts, those profits are just going to continue to improve.
That could all be very appealing to Soldado, who has experienced and endured all of the recent financial troubles which are bound to have left a bitter taste in his mouth and the mouths of his teammates.
Spurs are the other side reportedly up against the Gunners to sign him but if Arsenal want him, then they are in a very good position to make sure they get their man.
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