Tottenham have not enjoyed the majority of the summer transfer window so far. They’ve been desperately trying to cling onto Welshman Gareth Bale, and the necessity to sign a striker is an ever-present shadow over AVB and Daniel Levy which simply refuses to go away.
It seemed likely that Aston Villa’s Belgian striker, Christian Benteke would join the likes of Defoe, Adebayor and recent signing Chadli, however a sudden U-turn saw him his contract at Villa Park. It seemed Levy had been unwilling to invest the amount being requested by Villa for their striker, and this was the main cause behind the change of heart.
However, with recent news emerging that Spurs are pushing to sign Valencia attacker Roberto Soldado, and for a price similar to that of Benteke’s valuation, it has caused quite a furore on Twitter among Spurs fans, but also the football community. Why is Levy happy to shell out for a 28-year-old when he refused the younger Benteke?
Here’s what the Twitterverse had to say about the debacle…
In Benteke, we were buying potential, in Soldado, we are buying the finished article. Lets hope it happens. #THFC
— Addicted to Spurs (@AddictedtoSpurs) July 23, 2013
Whats in Levys head sometimes? Won’t push for Benteke at 25 mil who’s 22 & yet to peak but wants Soldado who’s 28 & costs more #levysmind
— The White Rhino (@SpursCol) July 24, 2013
@Marky_Simmo and for once why can’t levy just pay what a club wants. He expects them to us. Starting to get anxious regs soldado now.
— Leekantor (@leeky75) July 24, 2013
@przypadek40 yes we have to pay…. Without a guy like Soldado we won’t be top 4… How many games do we fail to finish teams off
— Richard Savva (@savva_savva) July 24, 2013
Amazed at Spurs lack of enthusiasm in Benteke, but willingness in paying around £30mil for 28year old Soldado. O’Dear
— Shane (@shane_onside) July 23, 2013
Roberto Soldado? 30 mil? Not sure. Quite a lot for a 28 year old. I’d love to know what really happened with Benteke #THFC
— Gordon Wallis (@GordonWallis) July 22, 2013
The irony now that Spurs didn’t pursue Benteke as they didn’t want to pay £25m for him, now they’re being told to pay £26m for Soldado LOL
— Jacob Savage (@Jke_Savage) July 23, 2013
@VillasHerc I’m confused, didn’t Spurs pull out for the Benteke deal because they can’t afford 25m, yet they’re going for a 26m soldado?
— Jon Male (@Jon_male) July 23, 2013