Threatening to be one of the most protracted transfer chronicles of the summer, Alberto Moreno’s next move is hogging more back page column inches.
Liverpool are thought to be leading the race for the talented Spaniard, but it appears that Tottenham – 11/4 shots to finish in the top four next season – are prepared to jump the queue by offering Sevilla a sweeter deal.
A new left-back has been highlighted as priority number one for Mauricio Pochettino and he’s made no secret of his desperation to strengthen in this department with a mammoth cash, plus player bid for the Europa League winner.
According to reports in the Daily Mail, Spurs have tabled a weighty £14m for the man valued at £25m by La Liga’s specialists in player sales.
Such shrewd negotiators would off-hand dismiss this derisory opening gambit, especially with £20m-plus on the table from Liverpool, but the Lilywhites have tossed in two underachievers from the previous campaign to make it worth Los Rojiblancos’ while.
Holding midfielder Etienne Capoue and former club-record signing Roberto Soldado are the chosen makeweights, the latter on loan, two players who cost a combined £35m less than a year ago.
Using their valuations ahead of the 2013/14 campaign as a benchmark, the total value of Spurs’ Moreno offer stands at somewhere around the £23m mark, in addition to the leasing of a striker who scored 59 goals in his previous three seasons in La Liga.
If these are indeed the figures Spurs faxed over to Seville, such a cavalier approach is unprecedented on theirs and Daniel Levy’s behalf.
Their hastiness is no doubt borne out of fear of being beaten to Moreno’s signature by Liverpool, but throwing away two valuable assets in order to win the race has all the hallmarks of a rash move.
This is most evident in the case of Soldado, who should be given another season at least to showcase his goal-getting abilities.
His goalscoring record in the land of La Furia Roja suggests he’s no mug and is sure to be afforded more chances to bag playing in a more vibrant, reinvigorated side under Pochettino’s stewardship.
He’s probably going to be given that extra season too because, if Liverpool and Spurs both want Moreno, history tells us he’s most likely off to Chelsea.