Valencia are standing firm over their €30 million asking price for striker Roberto Soldado.
Tottenham Hotspur appear to be very close to a deal for the Spanish forward, which raises the question of why the transfer is taking so long to kick start into action, giving Soldado the chance to head to London to put the final touches to the move.
The issue seems to be the price, with Valencia not willing to budge on their top end asking price for Soldado and Spurs seemingly trying to get the best possible value over the deal, possibly trying to negotiate a set price for the forward.
If they are trying to negotiate a set price then it’s more than likely down to Daniel Levy, a superb businessman who has never let Tottenham be pushed around in terms of transfers.
However, the risk Levy is running in trying to haggle for a better price is that there is always the chance another side interested in Soldado could bypass Spurs, going straight to Valencia with that £26 million offer.
“Soldado can go if he wants - for €30million and under our conditions. Valencia never had any intention of selling Soldado. If he goes then it is because the €30million figure has been met, not a cent less or a cent more,” said Valencia president Amadeo Salvo.
The fact Valencia don’t want to sell their player puts them in a position of strength because they don’t have to force the issue and don’t have an unhappy player on their books looking to push a move away from the club.
What could be more likely is rather than jeopardising the deal, Levy could be haggling hard over the way the full amount for the striker will be paid.
It’s natural in modern football for big money deals to be broken down, with the buying club paying off the fee over a much longer period of time.
The delay in announcing that this deal has been agreed could be due to differences between the clubs in terms of how the cash will be spent. For example, Valencia may want a larger chunk up front than Levy and Spurs are prepared to offer.
“We agreed to meet Tottenham again to discuss the ways of paying and we did that because we understood that his buy-out clause would be met. Speaking about ways that deals are paid is normal,” added Salvo.
It would be naïve of both Tottenham and Valencia to announce a transfer before working through all the various technicalities of the deal.
If a disagreement came about over how the cash would be paid after the deal had been announced then it would be slightly contradictory because it would suggest that the clubs never had a solid deal in the first place.
It’s a case of sitting tight for Tottenham fans and trusting the chairman to get the right deal for the club in terms of the fee and also in terms of how the deal takes place. If Valencia won't budge, then he has to decide to pay up or walk away.
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