Tottenham Hotspur have announced that they have agreed terms with Valencia of the Spanish Primera Liga for the signing of striker Roberto Soldado. In doing so, they will smash their transfer record for the second time this summer as Soldado’s agreed price tag of £26 million follows their £17 million capture of Paulinho from Corinthians of Brazil. The twenty-eight year old forward is expected to put pen to paper tomorrow if everything goes well with his medical examination by the north London club. The transfer fee is expected to be paid in instalments with an initial payment of around £10.4 million followed by three further annual payments of about £5,2 million.
The signing takes Spurs’ summer transfer spending commitments to over £50 million, which could be an indication that they are counting on receiving a large income from the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. If they can get around £80 million plus a top player from the Madrid club then they will have made a net transfer profit this summer and replaced one outstanding player with several top class players such as Soldado, Paulinho, whoever they can prise from Real and the promising Nacer Chadli. Spurs have also just received a sizeable fee from Cardiff City, who have broken their own club transfer record in paying over £8 million for defender Steven Caulker.