Valencia want Torres to replace Tottenham target Soldado
Valencia look certain to sell star Spanish forward Roberto Soldado sooner than later this summer. Tottenham, Liverpool and potentially even Arsenal could all be interested in the 28-year-old that scored 30 goals in 46 matches last season for Los Che.
Reports from the Mail claim that if Soldado does take his leave from the Mestalla, the club are believed to be hopeful of signing Chelsea forward Fernando Torres with the spoils.
However, if Chelsea want more than £25 million for their former £50 million purchase from Liverpool, Valencia are likely to try another option, but with the Blues looking for more capital to chase Wayne Rooney they could be willing to do a deal to move Torres’ salary off the wage bill.
Chelsea will have to look at the fact that last season was undoubtedly Torres’ best campaign in Blues as he made great strides in his form under interim manager Rafael Benitez. If his continued progression means anything to new manager Jose Mourinho it is that the player is finally building confidence and at least would deserve a chance.
Soldado will certainly command a large price tag in the region of £25 million plus himself but any of his most likely suitors are expected to have to make some form of sacrificial sale first.
Liverpool would likely have to see themselves sell Luis Suarez to have the funds, but the purchase of a 28-year-old forward is not likely to mesh with their current buying habits.
Tottenham are continuing to try and force Gareth Bale to remain in London, but the 23-year-old Welshman is pushing for a move to Real Madrid and who can blame him for wanting to move to one of Europe’s most storied clubs.
Arsenal could also be interested in the player should Liverpool hold onto Luis Suarez and refuse to sell the Uruguayan at any cost until at least the January transfer window or next summer.
Valencia could end up selling Soldado to another league altogether as clubs in Italy and German are sill also looking to spend big on new additions. If they fail to get their way with Fernando Torres, they could potentially be willing to also try and sign Javier Hernandez from Manchester United as the Mexican international craves more first team action than he has received at Old Trafford recently.
Whatever the case, there is going to be no movement at Valencia without first seeing Soldado head out the exit door.