Tottenham line up £30m summer bid for Soler

Tottenham Hotspur are lining up a £30million summer bid for Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler, according to ESPN.

Spurs have not signed a player since January of 2018, but they are planning to reinforce their squad in the summer.

What’s the word?

The north London have struggled to add new signings in recent transfer windows, with their last signing being Lucas Moura from PSG on January 31, 2018, as per BBC.

However, the aforementioned ESPN report claims that the club are watching Soler closely, with scouts routinely taking in his performances.

Which big 6 club needs to do the most business in January? Check out what the Pl>ymaker FC squad think in the video below…

The Spain Under-21 international plays as a midfielder for Valencia, and is able to operate both centrally and out wide.

Per Transfermarkt, Soler has made 28 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring two goals – including one in the 2-1 victory over Manchester United in the Champions League – and providing six assists.

PSG are also understood to be interested in Soler, according to ESPN, but Spurs are in the driving seat to secure his signature, as they can offer regular first-team football.

The end for Lamela?

This news is unlikely to please Erik Lamela.

Soler has played exclusively as a right midfielder this season, and his signing by Spurs could well spell the end for the Argentina international in north London.

Lamela is behind the likes of Son Heung-Min and Lucas Moura in the pecking order on the right flank, and this may well be the final nail in his coffin at the club.

Soler offers the youth and versatility so craved by Mauricio Pochettino and would be an upgrade on the inconsistent Lamela, who struggles to blend his tenacity with genuine ability in the final third.

Of course, the South American man could be kept on by Pochettino as something of an impact substitute if he is content to play that role, as it appears unlikely that he will ever be anything more than a fringe player.