Tottenham Hotspur have smashed their transfer record for the second time this transfer window with the signing of Spanish striker Roberto Soldado.
Tottenham and Valencia reached an agreement on Wednesday for the transfer of the 28-year old striker. The deal is estimated at €30 million, a club record transfer fee for Spurs. Soldado is expected to sign a 4-year deal at Spurs after completing his medical.
Tottenham’s technical director Franco Baldini flew out to Valencia last Monday to meet with Soldado’s agent Alberto Toldrá and Valencia president Amadeo Salvo. Although personal terms reportedly were agreed, he left Valencia on Tuesday with both clubs still deadlocked in talks.
The following day Tottenham’s initial offer was discussed during Valencia’s board meeting after which the club announced it had rejected the offer. Valencia president Amadeo Salvo stood firm on Soldado’s €30m release clause, ruling out any deal with variables or add-ons.
“Roberto is a very important player for the future of Valencia and our project here. That’s why we stand firm on the player’s contractual terms. If he was to leave it will only happen if the release clause is met.
”If the player wants to leave someone will have to pay the fee stated in his release clause. If that happens we will not block his departure,” said Valencia president Salvo.
Despite Valencia’s difficult financial situation, the La Liga outfit stood firm on their valuation of Soldado. Spurs opened the negotiations by tabling a €26m plus add-ons bid, but eventually agreed to pay the price stated in Soldado’s release clause. Once the fee was agreed both clubs continued negotiations regarding the structure of the payments.
According to local radio station Cadena SER Valencia, Franco Baldini agreed the deal with Valencia president Amadeo Salvo on Saturday evening.
The deal was finalized yesterday when Valencia and Tottenham agreed the payment structure of the transfer. Spurs will pay Valencia €12m up front and will pay €6m instalments over the next three years.
Last season Soldado scored 24 goals in 35 La Liga appearances and scored 30 goals in all competitions for Valencia. He also netted in Spain’s victory over Uruguay at the Confederations Cup in Brazil.
Soldado joined Valencia in July 2010 from Getafe for a fee of €10m. He has made 141 appearances for Los Che, scoring 82 goals and providing 16 assists.
Soldado will be the first ever Spanish striker to wear Tottenham’s lilywhite shirt.