After a frustrating maiden voyage through the Premier League, Spurs striker Roberto Soldado had publicly maintained he wished to stay in England and give it another go.
But it appears he may not get that chance.
According to Spanish publication Marca, Atletico Madrid is in discussions to bring the 29-year-old back to Spain on a loan deal.
Rumors in the early summer suggested he wished to return to the Spanish league and its style which brought him so much success two season ago with Valencia. But the trail had gone cold for much of this transfer window, before reemerging this morning.
Already with Mario Mandzukic at the top of its attack as they look to replace Diego Costa, Madrid is now looking for a more creative striker and Soldado could be the answer. Although he struggled mightily with his finishing and ended the Premier League campaign with just six goals, he also pumped across five assists and created 24 chances – 22nd in the Premier League for strikers but had fewer minutes than all but three players above him.
Unfortunately for Atletico, despite Soldado’s sub-par campaign last year, Spurs have little other options at the head of attack and they face a fight to convince Tottenham to let him go.
According to the Telegraph in England, new boss Mauricio Pochettino is indeed looking to thin the squad, but with just three true strikers in Soldado, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Harry Kane, there’s not much leeway up front.
Soldado tweeted this earlier Friday:
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.