Spurs flop could be the key to Chelsea's, and their own, striker hunt

Could a return to Spain for Roberto Soldado set off the summers biggest transfer roundabout?

It is fair to report that Roberto Soldado hasn't had the best of debut seasons at Tottenham.

Fresh from his club record £26 million move last summer, it looked like the Spaniard would bring his sensational goalscoring record to England after a campaign at Valencia in which he hit 30 goals.

Unfortunately, Soldado seemed to have left a large chunk of his confidence back at the Mestalla, scoring just 11 goals in 36 games at White Hart Lane this season, 5 of which have been penalties.

And with the season set to end in the next few days, there are already rumours linking the former Getafe man back to La Liga. Spanish radio station Cope have apparently been discussing interest Diego Simeone has in bringing in Soldado to replace Diego Costa. It is not a rumour that is without foundation. 

Simeone has been linked with Soldado in the past, both from Valencia and this season, and with Atletico set to be flush with cash from their second big sale in two years, it looks like Soldado may end up being the man to release Costa to Tottenham's rivals Chelsea.

That may not normally be something the North Londoners want to do, but if Spurs get upwards of £16 million for Soldado, who would have hoped to be preparing for Spain's World Cup defence this summer, they'll likely head straight over to Stamford Bridge with the guts and the financial clout to seal their own chief striker target of proven Premier League striker Romelu Lukaku.

Lots of ifs and lots of buts, but summer transfer windows often start with one big move setting off a chain reaction, and this may be one transfer roundabout that leaves everyone satisfied.

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