Could £26m Tottenham flop leave door open for £32m Chelsea target?

Roberto Soldado

Roberto Soldado to replace Diego Costa at Atletico Madrid?

It is probably fair to say that Roberto Soldado has not shone for Tottenham since his summer arrival from Valencia.

He cost the club £26 million in the summer and arrived with seriously deadly looking goalscoring pedigree - after banging in 30 goals in 46 games for Los Che the season before.

But he has struggled for Spurs. His 10 goals in 26 games looks average enough on paper - but five of those came from the penalty spot, adding extra weight to claims of him being a flop.

Against Dnipro on Thursday night in the Europa League came his lowest moment yet. His miss in front of an open goal was as painful as it was unbelievable - and he himself apologised on Instagram after the game.

But his form doesn’t seem to be improving - and fans are still awaiting his first goal of 2014.

And reports yesterday suggested Tim Sherwood was ready to cut his losses on the player.

It was reported in The Metro that Spurs could be about to sell Soldado for as little as £8 million - which would represent a stunning £18 million loss on the Spanish international.

It is believed that Atletico Madrid are eyeing up a potential move for the player - which is good news for Chelsea.

The Blues are one of a number of teams said to be keen on snapping up Los Colchoneros striker Diego Costa in the summer.

The Brazilian born Spaniard has been banging in the goals this season - stepping into the Radamel Falcao void with a stunning 26 goals in 28 games for the club.

Chelsea need a new striker to become the complete outfit - and the £32 million release clause in the player’s contract is certainly a tempting factor in any pursuit of the player.

So it seems Tottenham’s loss could be Chelsea’s gain - although Soldado still has time to prove his worth this campaign and Spurs are unlikely to give up on the player after just one season.

image: © Victor Gutierrez Navarro

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch