Roberto Soldado Spurs deal ‘completed’
Spain striker will not be allowed leave club until dispute with agents is resolved
The future of Roberto Soldado (right) lies in the hands of Tottenham Hotspur. Photograph: Getty Images
A deal between Valencia and Tottenham Hotspur for the sale of Spain striker Roberto Soldado has been completed, the La Liga club’s president told local media on Wednesday.
However, the 28-year-old will not be allowed to join the Premier League club until a problem with his agents has been resolved, Amadeo Salvo said in the daily El Mundo.
“The deal with Tottenham has been completed. A problem with Soldado’s agents has come up and the player will not leave the club until a solution has been found,” Salvo said.
Spanish media reports put the transfer fee for Soldado at €30 million. The striker who scored 30 goals in 46 appearances for Valencia last season.
Spurs spent about €19.5 million to bring in Brazil midfielder Paulinho from Corinthians earlier this month, a similar amount to the record fee they paid Blackburn Rovers for winger David Bentley in 2008.
Media reports claim Real Madrid have offered a world record fee of around €100 million for Tottenham’s 24-year-old Wales midfielder Gareth Bale, who signed a four-year deal last year, but there has been no official comment from either club.
Tottenham defender Steven Caulker, meanwhile, has completed a move to Cardiff for what is believed to be a club record fee for the Welsh side.
The 21-year-old England international underwent a medical this afternoon and it is understood Cardiff agreed a fee of around €9 million to secure his services on a four-year deal.
Caulker told Cardiff City Player: “First and foremost I want to say how happy I am to have signed with Cardiff City Football Club. I’m delighted to be here and excited for this fresh challenge. I spoke to the gaffer yesterday, liked what he had to say and am excited about the plans he has for the football club.
“You get the sense of excitement from everybody at the club in the build-up to the season’s kick-off at West Ham and I’m really looking forward to being part of it.”