Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have battled over a number of transfers over the last couple years, and this summer looks to be the most ridiculous yet. Both clubs have been linked to big money moves for Divock Origi, and now they're apparently rivals for Wilfried Bony as well. The Daily Mail is reporting that the clubs will have to pay around £18m to get him.
Because Liverpool have already signed Rickie Lambert and Spurs have three first team strikers on their books, it would be shocking if either team signed both players. The reality is that Liverpool, with their Champions League football and Luis Suarez money, can probably take their first choice player and Spurs can sign whichever is leftover. Honestly, I'd be thrilled to have either player, though £18m seems a bit steep for Bony.
But if Spurs are going to sign a striker this window, someone has to leave. Based on his play at the end of last season, Mauricio Pochettino's ability to get the most out of young players and his reasonable wages, it's not going to be Harry Kane. One of Roberto Soldado or Emmanuel Adebayor needs to go, at least on a loan to get their wages all the way off the books.
The problem is, we haven't heard much about potential exits for Soldado and Adebayor lately. Bobby Soldier was linked to an Atletico Madrid move, but they've signed Mario Mandzukic and can probably get Romelu Lukaku on loan if they want. Galatasaray have been linked to Ade in the past, but those rumors have disappeared. Same with Monaco links since they signed Dimitar Berbatov.
It's possible that Spurs and these players' agents have done a good job of keeping things under wraps, but it's a bit concerning that we're linked to moves for expensive strikers, but no sale for our even more expensive strikers. If we're going to buy Bony, Origi or any other player with an 8-figure transfer fee attached to them, Ade or Soldado has to go.
Which one would leave, and where are they going?