Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado can rescue his faltering career if he decides to move to Serie A giants Inter Milan this summer.
The £26m Spaniard, who endured a miserable debut season on English shores as the North London club toiled without the inspirational Gareth Bale, is reportedly part of a potential package that could see Fredy Guarin head to White Hart Lane in return.
Just one year after signing on from La Liga side Valencia, an exit looks probable with new manager Mauricio Pochettino keen to make his mark on the club.
Soldado was widely expected to take the Premier League by storm having gained a reputation as a clinical marksman, but instead suffered the most miserable year of his career.
The former Real Madrid striker scored 11 times in all competitions, but after Andre Villas Boas’ sacking was forced to play second fiddle to exiled forward Emmanuel Adebayor who hit top form under Tim Sherwood.
Bales shadow proved one difficult for Soldado to shrug off, and as their hero led Real Madrid to Champions League glory it only served to highlight the struggles of their maligned talisman.
He was deadly from the penalty spot, especially during his early months in England, but soon cut an isolated figure which served to frustrate the Tottenham faithful.
With Inter having lost Argentina striker Diego Milito this summer, the need for a prolific striker has never been greater and Soldado certainly fits the bill.
The 29-year-old still has time on his side to rejuvenate himself and transform his fortunes at the San Siro, and could be pushed out of Spurs if Pochettino recruits another striker to compete with Emmanuel Adebayor and Harry Kane.
Just four years ago the Serie A giants were celebrating Champions League success, but after missing out on a place amongst Europe’s elite face the humiliation of the Europa League yet again.
Soldado is the chief target but the Italian club are also keen on Premier League duo Stevan Jovetic and Javier Hernandez, although the latter is widely expected to be part of a deal that brings Arturo Vidal to Manchester United with the Mexican forward going to Turin.
Any deal may however have to be struck on pure transfer fee alone, with Inter unlikely to let Guarin depart at such a time of uncertainty.
Deal or no deal?
Pochettino may wish to hold on to the Spaniard if any move for Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez fails, but given Soldado’s poor performances last campaign it would be no surprise if he heads for an early exit this summer.
Villas Boas paid dearly for the faith shown in the striker, which ultimately resulted in his head rolling, and drew similarities to his time at Chelsea where he was axed for his trust in Fernando Torres.
Inter represent the perfect club for him to rebuild his career, as the Italian side set about a rebuild of their own.