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Chelsea and Manchester City In Battle for £40m Top Notch Goal Machine

Big money men at Stamford Bridge and Eastlands to step up chase for La Liga star.

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Sports News - March 03, 2010

CHELSEA and Manchester City are on red alert after debt-riddled Valencia agreed to sell striker David Villa.
His team-mate Silva is also available and Manchester United are sure to fancy the attacking midfielder, who may fetch up to £20million.

The Spanish team want to raise £50m by selling both players but Villa could cost £40m alone if a bidding war erupts between the Premier League’s richest clubs.

Insiders say Villa, who has fired 121 goals in 223 outings for Valencia and 37 in 55 internationals, will also be wanted by Barcelona and Real Madrid.

But he is thought to prefer a move to the Premier League, with Chelsea his first choice.

Nicolas Anelka is stalling over an extended one-year deal at Chelsea and Blues fans would view Villa, 28, as an eye-popping replacement.

Villa said: “For now my head is in Valencia and the World Cup.

“After South Africa I will decide what’s best. My final decision won’t be based solely on money.” (The Sun)

So it seems that this summer, like the two or three previous summers, will see a wealth of speculation about the potential destination for Valencia striker David Villa. There is no doubt that both the Eastlands and Stamford Bridge clubs have the cash to lure the Spanish international to the Premier League but will the La Liga club finally cash in on their prized asset or is this yet another false alarm?

Carlo Ancelotti may feel that his ageing strike force needs an injection of quality and David Villa is one of the best in the business and would probably be more likely to accept a move to a club already able to offer him Champions League football. Now perhaps Roberto Mancini will lead his Man City side to a top four finish but if he doesn’t then a large pay check may not be enough to persuade Villa to make the move. Aside from which, what would Mancini then do with the half a dozen other international strikers he already possesses?

Valencia have reportedly in financial ruin for some time now so its hard to know if there is any more validity to such a story than on previous occasions but it could be that Villa himself feels a move away from the Mestalla is the best way to avert a stagnating career at the club.

There is no doubting Villa’s class and he could surely adapt to life in the England top tier and even though it would cost a large chunk of chance to snap him up there is no doubt such an investment would pay off.

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