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Baldini talking to Soldado's agent, but Liverpool ready to swoop in?

Of course, it's never straightforward. Tottenham Hotspur are clearly interested in Roberto Soldado, but that doesn't mean he's headed to White Hart Lane.

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

Hey there gang, I have some good news and some bad news. I'd ask you which you want first, but this is a blog post and SB Nation does not yet have the technology to ask you in real time. I'll talk to our product team. This is in regards to Tottenham Hotspur's pursuit of Roberto Soldado, and I'm going to start with the good news.

The good news is that Franco Baldini is reportedly in Spain to speak to Soldado's representatives. Obviously nothing is going to happen unless Spurs and Valencia agree to a fee, which seems to be more complicated than Daniel Levy just writing a check for Soldado's release clause, but it's nice that discussions are ongoing.

You may have seen the note about Liverpool at the bottom of that article. That's the bad news. The Daily Star and others are reporting that Liverpool are looking to swoop in and beat Spurs to Soldado. This really only makes sense if Luis Suarez is sold to Real Madrid or Arsenal, which looks like a distinct possibility. As long as Liverpool can get €40m or more for Suarez, they'll probably have no issue with paying Soldado's release clause.

If Roberto Soldado ends up at Anfield I will cry.

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