Tottenham Seal Deal for Roberto Soldado, but Brilliant Gareth Bale Wants Out

By Thomas O'Dell
Tottenham have agreed a club record fee for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado
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Tottenham have announced they have agreed terms with Valencia for the transfer of Spanish striker Roberto Soldado, a club record fee of £26 million.

It’s the first time in a while Tottenham have splashed out on a proven, clinical goal-scorer, and excitement will be building around White Hart Lane with the signing.

Tottenham are currently in a difficult situation with Welsh winger Gareth Bale, who reportedly is desperate for a switch to Real Madrid.

The fee would be a world-record breaking figure, but at this point, Tottenham officials have only stated the player is not for sale.

The club’s current silence on the issue does say a lot, though, and all major news outlets are now reporting Tottenham are willing to sell for the right price.

With Soldado on board, along with other new signings Paulinho and Nacer Chadli,  Tottenham would have a serious chance of mounting a title challenge in the coming season if Bale stays.

With club chairman Daniel Levy still reportedly on holiday, he probably hasn’t spoken to the Welshman regarding his future. The £85 million figure which Real Madrid have apparently put on the table is an astronomical amount of money but one Levy must resist if he wants to mount a title challenge.

Of course this huge fee will be very beneficial in Tottenham’s long term plans, especially with the new stadium plans, but Spurs have a chance to build something special this season.

Gareth Bale will most likely depart for this record-fee, in my view, and Tottenham will be left to try and replace his talent with this money. But Levy has promised Andre Villas-Boas Bale will not be sold in the past; will he stick to it?

It becomes difficult when the player asks for a transfer, which is something that reportedly happened yesterday (Wednesday) at the club training ground.

Bale should be mixing it with the elite of world football, even the most devoted Spurs fan must admit that, but Tottenham will have to be a bit selfish if they want to win big.

Also, Tottenham defender Steven Caulker has departed for Cardiff in a reported £9 million deal.

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