Valencia have appointed Amadeo Salvo as their new president which could ruin Tottenham’s bid to sign Roberto Soldado.
Salvo is a businessman from the Valencia region who seems to be intent on creating a strong sense of democracy and unity at the club, which casts possible doubt over whether he will allow Soldado to walk away from the club.
Salvo has made it one of his aims to refinance the current debts of the club, which could mean he’s going to play hard ball with Soldado on a personal level and Daniel Levy on a professional level.
“If there is no union we will not be able to refinance our debts, we will not finish building the new stadium and we won’t be able to bring players from the academy into the first team,” said Salvo according to Reuters.
The problem Tottenham have is Soldado’s current status at Valencia in terms of being the club’s star striker but also their vice-captain.
It now seems very likely that they will try to get him to be the figurehead in this dramatic new transformation of Valencia, which means they simply won’t want to sell him.
His importance to the first team means that if the new president’s plans for unity are going to work, the club needs to keep players rather than let them go.
Speed is everything for Tottenham because they have to try and get Soldado signed up before the deal starts to fall apart.
Salvo can now begin his official capacity as the club’s president and if he sees Soldado is central in trying to create that democratisation at the club, they need to act before he can inject his influence into the Spaniard.
They also have in their favour the fact that Valencia missed out on the Champions League over the final weekend of the season, which means they are strangled in terms of revenue streams.
Levy has always battled hard for Tottenham when it comes to good value in buying players and also getting the most money in terms of selling them.
He could be about to get a taste of his own medicine with Spurs likely needing to break their own transfer record by a considerable margin to land the striker they have been linked with for months.
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