David Villa was a ruthless goal scorer during his time at Valencia. So far this season the Spanish hit-man has scored 10 goals in 20 appearances for Barcelona, a top quality record by any striker’s standards. It seems though that Villa has decided he’s had enough of being at the best club in the world.
News that Villa is up for sale has given rise to a plethora of transfer offers from clubs mostly form the Premier League. For £12million, it would seem that any potential suitor would be getting a natural goal scorer, a Spanish international and an absolute bargain.
Villa’s grief comes from the belief that he is spending too much time on the bench, but with over 8 months out of the game, Barcelona learned to play and win without him. It was always going to take time to force his way back into the starting XI.
That said it seems the Spaniard has made up his mind and is on his way out of Camp Nou, whether that be in a full transfer, or a loan move for the remainder of the season. After days of speculation, let’s take a look at Villa’s most probable options.
There are many variables to consider, but it seems the front runners for his signature are Chelsea. With four Spanish players in their squad already, Villa would fit the mould of Chelsea’s remodeling, as he can play out wide or in a central role offering support for Benitez’ squad in numerous positions.
With Chelsea looking to do lots of business in January, reportedly selling Daniel Sturridge and Frank Lampard, they will most certainly be looking to buy. Villa’s generous asking price could afford the opportunity to even make some profit from their January dealings.
Liverpool are in the market for a back-up striker. Luis Suarez can’t play every game, even if he is fit enough, he’s likely to get suspended again at some point. It seemed all but certain Daniel Sturridge was going to be the man making a switch to Mersyside to support the Uruguayan. His plans to end his bench warming role at Chelsea may have fallen through as Liverpool have expressed interest in David Villa.
Sturridge shouldn’t be too concerned however, David Villa’s wages may scupper a deal for a switch to Anfield as he currently receives over £110,000 a week.
Manchester City are usually one of the names thrown around when any big player becomes available these days. It comes as no surprise that they have been touted as a potential destination for David Villa. At the minute they are finding it difficult to find the back of the net, drawing a blank against Sunderland and only netting the one against Reading the previous week, perhaps Mancini will be tempted to move for the Spaniard, who of course played with City’s David Villa at Valencia.
Arsenal spent a fair amount on strikers in the summer, Podolski and Giroud both arrived with high expectations placed upon them. Neither have really supplied the goods, leaving Wenger still on the look-out for someone who can take the centre forward role by the scruff of the neck and call it their own.
The Daily Mail suggests that Arsenal were quoted £16 million if they want to secure Villa’s services in January. At 31 Villa would add some world class experience as well as talent to and Arsenal team that has been up and down so far this season. Similarly to Liverpool wages may be a stumbling block for Arsenal if they are to compete with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City in a bidding war.
Swansea represent an outside chance in a move for Villa in January. Their status in the Premier League is growing and though they may not have much financial muscle, their style of play will undoubtedly be catching the eye of some top talent. A loan move could be on the cards if Barcelona aren’t quite ready to let Villa go altogether, a more economically viable option for The Swans . Laudrup has good connections with Barcelona from his playing days and could be able to pull some strings…