AS Roma linked with move for Tottenham’s £15m-rated La Liga flop

The Serie A club are believed to be keen on a deal for Roberto Soldado, with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino happy to let the striker leave.

Roberto Soldado could be heading for the White Hart Lane exit after AS Roma reportedly entered the race to recruit the Spanish striker.

Recent reports indicate Mauricio Pochettino is willing to listen to offers for the 29-year-old, who has struggled to adapt to the demands of the Premier League since completing a £26 million switch from Valencia last summer.

Soldado previously thrived in La Liga, scoring 59 goals in 101 league appearances for Los Che over three seasons, but managed just six top-flight goals for Spurs last term in a difficult campaign for the north London club.

The Spaniard was previously linked with a move to Italy with Inter Milan, who were previous rumoured to be lining up a £15 million bid for the striker.

The Nerazzurri’s interest in the forward has cooled in recent weeks, however, after the Milan club moved to bring in forward Dani Osvaldo on loan from Southampton.

But in a fresh twist, AS Roma have now entered the race to recruit the one-time Spain international, with the Giallorossi keen to bolster their forward options ahead of the new campaign.

At one stage Soldado was linked with a move to the Stadio Olimpico as part of a deal that would see Mattia Destro, plus a significant transfer fee, move in the opposition direction.

However reports indicate that the Rome side may also be open to a straight-up deal for Soldado, rather than any swap, as they look to challenge Juventus for the Scudetto this season.

Roma manager Rudi Garcia is quickly developing a reputation for getting the best out of players once deemed Premier League flops too.

Last season, former Arsenal misfit Gervinho thrived at the Italian club and, should Roma complete a deal for Soldado, it could prove to be a similar story for the Spaniard.

It’s also likely that the 29-year-old would be used in tandem with Destro, who has suffered several knee injuries in recent years that have so far reduced his impact for the capital-based side.

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