Nou Camp striker to be sacrificed to finance Emirates Stadium skipper deal?
David Villa to be ‘sold to Chelsea’ to fund Cesc Fabregas transfer
Barcelona are considering selling David Villa to Chelsea and using the money from the transfer to buy Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, according to a report.
The Champions League winners are hoping to add Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez and Villarreal forward Giuseppe Rossi to their squad, as well as Fabregas, but only have a £40 million transfer budget.
Coach Pep Guardiola is apparently now considering sacrificing Spain striker Villa to add a further £40 million to the kitty.
The 29-year-old, who joined Barca from Valencia in a £34 million deal last summer, is likely to be offered to Chelsea, who are in the market for a new forward.
Their top target Neymar looks set to snub the Blues to join Real Madrid, but Villa would be an attractive alternative, not least because he has experience of playing alongside Fernando Torres.
A source told the Sunday Mirror that Guardiola would be reluctant to sell Villa, but is ready to take a pragmatic approach in the transfer market.
‘Ideally, he wants to keep Villa – especially after the impact he made in his first campaign with Barca. He sees David as a big player as his side push for more trophies next season,’ the insider said.
‘But he also knows that he may have to sacrifice Villa to finance incoming deals. And Manchester City and Chelsea would be very happy to buy Villa.’
This would be most bizarre given that Cesc Fabregas would surely struggle to get into Pep Guardiola’s first team picture whilst David Villa has proven himself to be key to Barcelona’s attacking intent. The former Valencia striker netted 23 goals in his debut season for the Catalan club, helping them to La Liga and Champions League triumphs.
Whilst Chelsea may well see a pairing of Villa and his Spanish internatonal team-mate Fernando Torres as something of a dream-team, the chances of the 29 year old electing to leave the Nou Camp after just one season, especially given how long he spent at Valencia pushing away trying to earn that move, are frankly slim to none.
It is true however that Barcelona are strapped for cash and if Guardiola does want to bring in new additions then he may have to sell before he buys. However, why would the all conquering club need to make any significant changes to his squad? He has a relatively young set of players so is there any real need to buy big this summer?
Chelsea are trying to freshen up their attacking options and may elect to sell Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda, all have been strongly linked with Stamford Bridge exits. Luckily the Blues will have Daniel Sturridge back from his loan spell at Bolton and he may well make an impact next season if given the chance.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will hope to keep Fabregas and Samir Nasri, both players have stated their intent to stay at the Emirates Stadium but want to see the club spend ambitiously in the close season to help in their push to end a six year silverware drought.
Contract rebel Gael Clichy does look to be on his way though and Roma appear to be his most likely destination. Wenger may also elect to sell Nicklas Bendtner, Manuel Almunia, Carlos Vela, Denilson and others in order to make way for new additions.