Liverpool and Chelsea have reportedly made enquiries for Barcelona’s unsettled £30m striker David Villa according to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser.
It is claimed that representatives of Liverpool have been in contact with the Catalan’s and now Chelsea have also shown interest.
The 29 year-old Spanish international has bagged just 7 goals from 17 appearances in the current campaign and is discontent with being forced to play out wide to accommodate goal-machine Lionel Messi. There has said to be some ‘friction’ between the two players over recent weeks even though it has been refuted by Barca manager, Pep Guardiola.
Villa has always stated he’d like to remain in Spain but a big money move to the Premiership may be on the cards in January if Liverpool or Chelsea are prepared to stump up the £30m asking price – a large sum for a 29 year-old! Nevertheless, Villa’s signing would be a major coup for either club.
Liverpool have been linked with the striker on several previous occasions, namely in 2006 when ex-boss Rafa Benitez opted for Dutchman, Dirk Kuyt instead. The Mersey-sider’s need to find a cutting edge from somewhere and Villa could prove to be the answer to their recent failings in front of goal.
Chelsea have also been strongly linked with the Barca striker in recent seasons and with international teammate Torres still misfiring for the Blues and Didier Drogba likely to be offloaded next summer, a move for David Villa could be imminent.
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