Tottenham received £5 million too much from Villarreal for Roberto Soldado, says study

Tottenham's sale of Roberto Soldado proved to be one of the best deals of the summer window.

Tottenham have emerged favourably during an assessment put together by the CIES Football Observatory ranking the best and worst transfers – based on value for money - during the most recent summer window.

The study, as reported by the Evening Standard, named Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling as the best value transfer signing of the summer, just ahead of Robin van Persie and Nathaniel Clyne, while Anthony Martial was ranked as the worst following his deadline day move to Manchester United.

Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham were highlighted as one of the clubs to conduct their business most astutely, with the Lilywhites’ only appearance on the 40-strong list being their sale of Roberto Soldado to Villarreal.

The Spaniard, who scored just one goals in 24 appearances last season, joined the La Liga outfit for a deal worth £12.6 million, including add ons – according to CIES’s evaluations. Based on this figure, the study suggests Spurs received over £5 million more than they should have for the striker.

Nonetheless, despite the London club's apparent success in the market, no sooner had Soldado returned to his native country, he has seemingly rediscovered his form in front of goal. Indeed, in just two matches for Villarreal he has already found the back of the net on two occasions.

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