Tottenham have been tracking the Valencia striker for some time, having had a £17 million offer for the forward turned down, with an improved £20 million offer still on the table.
Now reports are suggesting Liverpool will try and beat Tottenham to the prolific forward with a higher bid, seeing Brendan Rodgers’ side creating a bidding war against their Premier League rivals..
Rodgers is still on the look out for an attacking and creative signing for Liverpool ahead of the new season having made several younger signings, which he said was an attempt to improve the squad rather than the team.
Liverpool made no secret of the fact they were willing to pay big, around £20-25 million, to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Shakhtar Donetsk before he decided to go to Borussia Dortmund.
The point being Liverpool have dispelled any myths over apparent restrictions on the budget at Anfield, it’s just a case of Rodgers being able to get each transfer past the board as he looks to build a team for the future.
Liverpool should throw down £22 million and try to get the deal done as quickly as possible because Soldado would complete an immensely talented attacking unit at Anfield.
He would provide Rodgers with the luxury of being able to use any combination from a core set of superb forwards; Daniel Sturridge, Iago Aspas, Luis Suarez and Soldado himself.
That would give Liverpool plenty of different options, allowing Rodgers to change things up in the middle of a match and generally to not have an over reliance on any one player next season.
They would also be getting a proven goalscorer for the cash and someone who still has a lot to give at the age of just 28-years-old, which suggests he could play well into his 30s.
He scored 24 goals in La Liga last season, 17 goals in the 2011/2012 season and 18 goals in the 2010/2011 season.
One of the things Rodgers has always said he’s looking for in his signings is consistency and an extra edge that a player can give a team, which will help Liverpool move forward as a unit.
Spurs could still react and they are the team that has been more regularly linked with the Valencia frontman but whether Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will be willing to stray from his usual attempts to get the best deal for Tottenham could make it doubtful.
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