Roberto Soldado could yet play a pivotal role in Tottenham Hotspur’s season – though it may not be in the way the Spaniard would have once hoped it would be.
Signed from Valencia for £26 million last summer, the 29-year-old could now be set to depart White Hart Lane in a move that could pave the way for Loic Remy’s arrival at the club.
Soldado struggled for goals in the Premier League last season, scoring just six times in 28 appearances in the top-flight, with the majority of these strikes coming from the penalty spot.
And it would appear that Spurs are now set to cut their losses on the former Valencia favourite, amid renewed interest from Serie A giants Inter Milan.
The Nerazzurri are long-time admirers of the Spaniard and could be willing to pay as much as £15 million to secure the striker’s services for next season.
And while that deal would see Tottenham incur an £11 million loss on Soldado, it could be a hit the club is willing to take given the player’s age and lack of sell-on potential.
More importantly, the deal could free up the funds needed to beat Premier League rivals Arsenal and Newcastle United to the signing of France international Loic Remy.
Currently on the books at Queens Park Rangers, the Loftus Road side are reportedly willing to listen to offers of £11 million or more for the 27-year-old, who hit an impressive 14 Premier League goals while on loan with the Magpies last term.
And with both the Gunners and Newcastle currently chasing the forward, it could take a blockbuster bid from Tottenham to secure his services.
The successful sale of Soldado to Inter could therefore prove pivotal to Spurs’ hopes of recruiting Remy, allowing Daniel Levy to free up extra funds to help the Lilywhites beat their competitors to the punch.
With Emmanuel Adebayor currently out of action after contracting a mild case of malaria, the lack of quality, proven goalscorers at White Hart Lane has never been more apparent, making the signing of the Frenchman an increasingly important deal for a team chasing Champions League qualification.
Soldado may have failed to make an impact on the pitch for Spurs, but he could yet make the difference for the club, without even kicking a ball.