Spanish striker Roberto Soldado has joined Villarreal from Tottenham Hotspur on a three-year deal, both clubs confirmed on Friday.
“Villarreal CF and Tottenham Hotspur have reached an agreement for the transfer of Spanish striker Roberto Soldado, who will wear the yellow shirt for the next three seasons,” Villarreal said in a statement on their website.
Soldado joined Spurs two years ago from Valencia for a then club record £26m as Spurs invested heavily after selling Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. However, the 30-year-old failed to adjust to the Premier League, scoring only seven times in 52 Premier League appearances and looking a shadow of the player that terrorized defenders in La Liga.
In Spain Soldado has scored 131 goals in spells at Real Madrid, Osasuna, Getafe and Valencia as well as scoring seven times in 12 caps for Spain. If he can regain that type of scoring form, Soldado could turn out to be the signing of the summer.
He becomes Villarreal’s third high-profile signing of the summer after the double capture of Samuel Castillejo and Samuel Garcia from Malaga.