According to SuperDeporte, negotiations between Sevilla and Tottenham Hotspur are ongoing, with the Spanish centre-forward Roberto Soldado keen to leave White Hart Lane as soon as possible, and a return to La Liga remaining his preferred option.
An important factor to consider is the future of striker Kevin Gameiro, as Sevilla prepare to complete what would be an entire change of their attacking personnel. This comes following the departures of Carlos Bacca to AC Milan, and Iago Aspas to Celta Vigo, after his loan last season from Liverpool.
The Frenchman leaving the Sanchez-Pizjuan will depend entirely on the Sevilla asking price, with sporting director Monchi and the Andaluz club having been repeatedly clear, that they want to achieve the release clause valuations, for any players they choose to sell.
Villarreal have shown strong interest in Gameiro, but with a release clause of €40 million and a contract until 2018, they are more than conscious that the chances of successfully completing a move this summer, may be next to impossible.
Indeed, that's the indication given by Villarreal manager, Marcelino Garcia Toral, who appearing on the Cadena COPE radio show 'El Partido de las 12', explained: "Sevilla aren't going to release Gameiro and we do not consider it a viable option."
"He's a very good footballer, but today you can ask me about Gameiro and tomorrow, you could ask me about another player. We know that we're going to sign a striker." He added, clarifying Villarreal need to strengthen their attack.
How realistic is a move on either front?
Whilst Sevilla have already reinforced their attack with Ciro Immobile from Borussia Dortmund, suggestions remain persistent that they also want to sign 30-year-old Soldado from Tottenham.
If a deal can be agreed between the Europa League champions and Spurs for Soldado, then an overbooking of attacking options would mean selling Gameiro will become more likely, and potentially for less than his huge clause valuation.
This would then turn what is currently looking 'impossible' in the eyes of Villarreal, into something very much more 'possible' in their pursuit to bring Gameiro to El Madrigal.
However, it must be acknowledged that Villarreal certainly won't consider paying €40 million for Gameiro, or anywhere near that sum, which would indicate very tough negotiations with Sevilla to reduce that valuation.
All told, despite the reports linking Sevilla with Soldado, they really don't have any real need to move for the Tottenham man, given how well Gameiro has consistently performed over the last two seasons.