Roberto Soldado could be set to remain at White Hart Lane next season after Inter Milan reportedly turned to Sevilla star Carlos Bacca.
Any Spurs fans hoping to see the back of Roberto Soldado this summer may be left disappointed after Inter Milan seemingly turned their attention away from the Spaniard to an alternative transfer target.
The Nerazzurri had been linked with a €15 million bid for the Tottenham striker, who struggled during his first season in the Premier League, scoring just six goals in 28 top-flight appearances for the Lilywhites last term.
Signed for £28 million in August 2013, the forward had previously thrived in La Liga with Valencia, netting 81 goals in 141 appearances for Los Che over three seasons in a spell that convinced those behind the scenes at White Hart Lane to break the bank for his services.
But after watching Soldado struggle to adapt to the demands of the Premier League, it was thought that Tottenham were willing to cut their losses on the 29-year-old and recoup some of the money they paid for the Real Madrid academy graduate.
Those funds were expected to go towards the signing of another new striker with the likes of Mattia Destro and even Samuel Eto’o linked with moves to the north London club.
However those plans could now change amid reports that Inter have turned their attention to Sevilla forward Carlos Bacca.
Thought to be available for anywhere between €12 million and €15 million, the Colombian is brimming with confidence after scoring 21 times in all competitions for the Andalusians during a campaign in which they captured top honours in the Europa League.
At 27-years-old he’s not only in better form but a younger, cheaper option than Soldado, meaning, should Inter successfully iron out a deal with the Spanish club, any negotiations with Spurs could come to an end.
Mauricio Pochettino may already been planning for life with Soldado too, having brought the striker on during Tottenham’s 3-3 friendly draw with Seattle Sounders.
The Spaniard scored for the Lilywhites from the penalty spot in what was a largely meaningless encounter, but if he can rediscover his touch in front of goal next term, Inter’s apparent change of heart could prove a blessing in disguise.