Barcelona fans love David Villa, partly because of how he has fit into the club since his move from Valencia in the summer of 2010. His 23 goals during that first season at Barca included a fantastic curling shot that ensured victory over Manchester United in the champions league final. We also won La Liga and went on to lift the Spanish Supercup against Real Madrid and the club world cup.
It was at that tournament in Japan where Villa suffered the injury that nearly ended his career and seems to have finished his time at Barcelona. Despite assurances to the contrary, Villa does not really seem to have the backing of Vilanova at the club. He has recovered well from his injury and proved his fitness. He has also proved that he has not lost his skill.
Villa has only spent 482 minutes on the pitch in the league, most of those coming in the dying stages of games we had already won. He has managed to get five goals, however, making him the second top scorer with five goals, the same as Fabregas and Adriano but with much less playing time.
Vilanova seems to be focusing on bringing on Pedro, Tello and Alexis, which fits in with the Barcelona way. The devastating form of Messi allows him the leeway to do this, so Villa is ready to move on. At 31-years old, the striker knows that he has limited time left at the top of his game and he doesn’t want to waste it.
Reports from England this week claim that Arsenal have offered around €17 million for him, and that the club were seriously considering letting him go, if that is what he wanted. Now, El Mundo Deportivo has reported that there may soon be a deal with Athletico Madrid which would see him transfer there in the summer.
Athletico are keen to hold on to Falcao until the summer, when he will be sold for lots of money to Chelsea or Manchester City. They want Villa to be their new star striker, in fact they have tried to sign him before. THe presidents of the two clubs are friends, and a deal could be hammered out which would mean that Barca would keep Villa for this season to ensure we regain the league title and Athletico could buy him for around €10 million in the summer.
The only question is, would Villa rather try his hand in the English Premier league?