Ultimate summer transfer targets David Villa



The Barcelona striker has been linked with a move to north London clubs Arsenal
and Tottenham, but he will not be making a decision on his future until after
the Confederations Cup By Greg Stobart WhileDavid Villa enjoys the Brazilian sun
this month with theSpain squad at the Confederations Cup, back in Europe a host
of clubs will be holding talks to try and sign the striker fromBarcelona this
summer.Villa has just one year left on his contract with the Catalan giants, and
with the club showing no signs of offering him fresh terms, Spain’s all-time
record goalscorer looks likely to leave the Camp Nou.Barcelona are ready to
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listen to offers for the 31-year-old, who has been
marginalised by head coach Tito Vilanova and can expect to find his
opportunities further restricted next season following the arrival of
Neymar.DAVID VILLA'S CAREER STATSTEAMYEARAPPSGLSSporting Gijon2001-037838Real
Zaragoza2003-054620Valencia2005-10215126Barcelona2010-1311948Villa has been
targeted by Atletico Madrid as a potential replacement for Radamel Falcao, but
his advisor, Victor Onate, has privately suggested that his client would favour
a challenge in a different division to La Liga.Tottenham have opened talks over
a €11.8 million move for Villa and the forward has been impressed by Spurs
manager Andre Villas-Boas and his vision for the club. The London club’s lack of
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League football, however, plus his £140,000-a-week wage
demands, means they face a challenge to attract Villa to White Hart Lane.Arsenal
tried to sign Villa in January but Arsene Wenger is understood to be
prioritising other, younger forwards, such as Stefan Jovetic, Gonzalo Higuain or
Wayne Rooney.Another option for Villa in England could be Liverpool. The Reds
are facing a battle to keep Luis Suarez at Anfield amid interest from Real
Madrid and Villa has the goalscoring pedigree to replace the Uruguayan
striker.Villa has scored 48 goals in 119 appearances for Barcelona since his
£34m (€40m) transfer from Valencia in 2010 but has found himself often
restricted to a substitute role as he has struggled for form and fitness since
breaking his leg in December 2011.Publicly, Villa has insisted that he is happy
at Barcelona and is not considering a summer transfer."I have a contract with
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Barca," he said earlier this month. "And I’ve always
said that I’m very happy here."I always try to think of the present. I will go
to the Confederations Cup and try to play a good role there."We’ll need to
analyse many things during the summer and then we’ll see. Right now I’m not
thinking about anything else than playing football."While Barcelona resisted
offers in January for the forward, who plays either centrally or on the left,
they are actively looking to sell him this summer as they look to recoup some
funds and avoid Villa leaving for nothing next year.Villa will not make a
decision on his future until July at the earliest as he carefully considers his
options, and for now he is focussed on the Confederations Cup while his agent
continues to put in groundwork with clubs.He could be tempted by a big-money
move to Eastern Europe but his camp seem keen to push through a move to England,
with the former Valencia man previously rejecting advances from Premier League
clubs.His age, injury problems and lack of form last season means signing Villa
at this stage would be a calculated risk given the wages he would demand and a
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lack of sell-on value in transfer market.But if
Villa can rediscover some of his magic touch in front of goal, he would be a
shrewd short-term signing - on either a two- or three-year contract - for
virtually any club on the continent.Villa will only stay at Barcelona if he is
not satisfied by the offers made by other clubs, but he would again have to
accept a bit-part role next term. He need a regular starting spot to find the
sharpness that makes him Spain’s all-time top scorer with 53 goals and a player
who has scored around a goal every two games at every club he has played for.
There is a feeling that Villa’s time at Barcelona has come to an end - but we
may have to wait a while until he decides on his next step.




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