Anfield side target ‘unhappy’ Nou Camp striker.
David Villa linked with shock Liverpool move amid ‘Lionel Messi row’ rumours
Liverpool are being linked with a shock move for David Villa amid rumours the Barcelona striker has fallen out with Lionel Messi.
Spain’s premier radio station Cadena SER report that the Reds made initial contact with Villa’s agent in an attempt to establish whether a deal could be brokered.
It’s unclear what they were told, but Barcelona-based newspaper Sport, are claiming Liverpool are planning to push ahead with their interest in the Spanish international as they look find an adequate replacement for Fernando Torres.
January’s £35million signing Andy Carroll has so far failed to impress, while Dirk Kuyt and Craig Bellamy have failed to cement a place alongside Luis Suarez in the Reds firing line.
Barcelona manager Pepe Guardiola has recently denied that any bad feelings exist between Villa and Messi, saying: ‘It is impossible to be an enemy of David, he is too nice a person.
Villa has just three goals in eleven La Liga appearances this season, and is competing with Messi, Pedro, Ibrahim Afellay and Alexis Sanchez for a place up front, although the later two are currently injured.
So there you have it. It appears that the reason that a seemingly unlikely move from Barcelona to Liverpool is down to the fact that David Villa has fallen out with Lionel Messi. Now this may or may not be true, the Spaniard seems happy enough with life at the Nou Camp, who wouldn’t.
Using the player’s strike rate is a little misleading as clearly the former Valencia man plays in a different role for his country and he did at the Mestalla, than he does at his Catalan club. His lack of goals does not seem to be relevant but this source is claiming that issues between Villa and Messi could be a motivating factor in a move to Liverpool.
Liverpool, in fact any side in Europe, would love to snap up David Villa, his record has been superb across the board. His overall record at Barcelona reads 30 goals in 69 matches, which is pretty damn good. The 29 year old has scored 50 goals for Spain, a national record, and Kenny Dalglish may well love to see a £35m bid successfully clinch such a high profile buy, but it seems hugely unlikely.
Dalglish may well feel the need to bring in further attacking options as currently he has had to rely a great deal on Luis Suarez to bang in the goals as Andy Carroll is still struggling to find his feet at the club. Dirk Kuyt seems only to be a player the club looks to play out on the right and clearly the signing of Craig Bellamy is seen as a short term solution to help as back up.