Atletico Madrid are ready to rescue Tottenham’s Roberto Soldado from his north London nightmare by offering him a route back to Spain.
According to Goal.com, the Champions league finalists see the Spain international as the perfect replacement for Diego Costa, should he make the switch to London with Chelsea.
Rumours linking Costa with a move to Stamford Bridge have raged rampant in recent weeks, with reports suggesting the two clubs have already agreed a £32 million move.
Should that prove to be the case, Madrid would be left with only David Villa and Adrian Lopez as recognised first team strikers. No doubt, they will want a proven La Liga striker to help sustain their likely title and Champions League bids next season, and Soldado may be the answer.
The Spanish hit man was renowned as a potent goal scorer during his years in La Liga with Valencia, scoring 81 goals in 141 matches. It was this reputation which convinced Tottenham to part with a record £26 million.
But with only six premier league goals to his name, it is safe to say his first season in English football was far from his most prolific.
He exhibited flashes of the form which attracted Spurs, with a hat-trick against Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa league.
But with only two goals the following 20 appearances, Soldado was displaced by prodigal son Emmanuel Adebayor. Even Harry Kane has managed to secure a starting place ahead of the Spanish international in recent weeks.
Further speculation suggests that Daniel Levy is lining up a big money move for Porto striker Jackson Martinez, and may look to cash in on the misfiring forward.
After a difficult season in England’s top division, the striker may be ready to return to more familiar surroundings, with both Tottenham and the player likely to benefit.
Simeone is said to be an admirer of the forward and will look to pair him with Villa in the hope that the former Valencia stars can forge a fruitful partnership.
Should Atletico make a move for the ex-Madrid player, they are likely to snag him for far less than the £26 million Tottenham paid in the summer, and certainly less than any money they will recoup from Costa’s sale.
And with a proven record in La Liga and a continually declining price tag, the 28-year-old could prove to be a worthy investment, should he rediscover his shooting boots.
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