Buried in today's Daily Mail story about Gareth Bale was a bit on Real Betis starlet Alvaro Vadillo, who Tottenham Hotspur have been linked to throughout the transfer window. Apparently that interest hasn't died off, or so the Mail suppose. Here's their little bit on the tricky wide man.
Spurs are also keen on Real Betis forward Alvaro Vadillo, who has been dubbed the new Cristiano Ronaldo.
Vadillo has a release clause of £17m but the Spanish club know they will not receive that amount because they are in administration. A more likely transfer fee is £8m.
Betis offloaded a lot of players this summer -- the most notable of whom was Beñat, who moved to Athletic Bilbao for a very reasonable €8m -- but are still in less than spectacular financial shape. While Vadillo has a much higher ceiling then Beñat, he's nowhere near as important to their team and hasn't done anything yet to prove he's worth anywhere near £17m.
I'm just spitballing with no reporting to back up this idea, but a purchase with a loan back to Betis, perhaps even for two years, wouldn't be a terrible idea for Spurs. Vadillo is immensely talented, but would be unlikely to play a part for Spurs this season. He could use another year or two to establish himself as a first team regular in La Liga before making the jump. If Vadillo's purchasing club was willing to loan him back for a year or longer, Betis would almost certainly be willing to accept a lower transfer fee, especially if a portion of the player's wages were subsidized.
Borussia Dortmund recently loaned Moritz Leitner to Stuttgart for two years, something that's likely to be great for his career and help him become a Dortmund regular in the future. It's not a completely out of the ordinary move, and in Vadillo's case, it's hard to see it backfiring.