After five plus years of rumoured moves has the Mestalla man finally left for pastures new?
Barcelona have reportedly reached a deal to sign Spanish league top scorer David Villa from Valencia for between 40 and 50 million euros (AFP news agency, 1055 BST)
MADRID: Spanish champions Barcelona have reached a deal to sign David Villa from Valencia for between 40 and 50 million euros, according to reports on Wednesday.
Villa, Valencia’s top scorer in La Liga with 21 goals, will sign for four years, Catalan sports daily Mundo Deportivo reported.
The 28-year-old will be officially unveiled on Friday and will be paid seven million euros ($8.6 million) per season, the newspaper added.
The paper said Villa will cost Barcelona 50 million euros but Madrid-based sports daily AS said the deal is worth 40 million euros.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta confirmed on Tuesday that his side were in talks with Valencia over Villa.
“We’re negotiating and everything is on track. We trust that the issue will be resolved shortly,” he said.
Villa had been coveted last year by both Barcelona and arch-rivals Real Madrid but the Catalan club finally secured the services of Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Inter Milan in a deal which saw Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o move to the Italian side. (Times of India)
So there you have it. This may well be close to becoming a fact. The AFP don’t tend to second guess these things. If the deal is done one wonders exactly how the Valencia man can fit into the Barcelona front line. Thierry Henry is reportedly on his way to the MLS but that still means Pepe Guardiola has the tough task of trying to fit Leo Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and youngster Pedro as well as Villa into a Nou Camp attack. That’s a nice problem to have by the way, the kind that any boss would love to have to worry about!