Anfield and Stamford Bridge sides chase Nou Camp star.
David Villa has been tipped for a move to Chelsea or Liverpool after the lead story of Spanish publication Marca claimed Barcelona have put the striker up for sale on Wednesday.
Villa has fallen out of favour at Camp Nou, losing his place in the side for the recent Clasico against Real Madrid just weeks after reports of a fallout with Lionel Messi. Now it seems the European champions are ready to cut their losses on the man for whom they paid €40 million two years ago.
Marca leads with the headline “Barca open the door to Villa”, before stating, “the Catalan club has put on the market the striker.” The publication goes on to say Villa plans to move in the summer, but both Chelsea and Liverpool have more pressing concerns to boost their attacking options.
Chelsea are set to lose Didier Drogba to the African Cup of Nations and £50 million man Fernando Torres has looked a shadow of his former self in recent weeks. Indeed, a report in Wednesday’s British papers claims Chelsea will try to offload the Spaniard for £20 million during the January window.
Liverpool have been linked with Villa for a while and are desperately in need of a partner for Luis Suarez. The £35 million acquisition of Andy Carroll, which ironically came as a result of the Torres deal, is simply not working out for the Anfield club.
It is worth noting that whilst there is a great deal of speculation that David Villa may be offloaded by Barcelona it’s also true that this story appears to have been broken by the Marca which is famed for it’s sensational, yet fictitious, transfer rumour pieces. That said, it appears that two sides who are very much in the need of added striking options are Chelsea and Liverpool.
Given that the 30 year old Barcelona man has stated his intention to one day play in the Premier League and added to the fact that a move to another Spanish side seems unlikely, could mean that the prolific Spanish international may be on his way to England.
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is apparently ready to sell Fernando Torres and with Nicolas Anelka on his way to Shanghai and with Didier Drogba not getting any younger a move for the former Valencia man may be a wise one to make. However the West London club does appear to be building for the future with the likes of Juan Mata, Daniel Sturridge and Romelu Lukaku appearing to be ones of the future and the present, therefore would the Blues move for a player of Villa’s age?
Well Roman Abramovich will not accept anything less than a top four challenge and perhaps with that in mind a move for Villa next month makes sense?
Liverpool have also been strongly linked with the sharp-shooter and after just 18 goals in 15 Premier League matches and with too much of the goal-scoring burden on Luis Suarez’s shoulders a move for David Villa would be a wise one. However Kenny Dalglish and the Anfield side’s owners are also building for the long term and may not feel a big money deal, at least £25m, for a player in the latter stages of his career is a clever use of resources.
Though again the chase for a coveted top four finish would be greatly aided by bringing the Barcelona man to Merseyside.