Chelsea and Liverpool are waiting to pounce after it was reported that Barcelona are ready to offload David Villa.
Spanish newspaper Marca is reporting that the World Cup winner is headed for the exit and Stamford Bridge or Anfield could be his next destination.
This comes alongside the new that Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is prepared to cut the club’s losses on Fernando Torres after losing patience with the striker.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has his own striker issues with his club struggling to find the net in recent months and £35million Andy Carroll unable to settle in.
Now an unlikely chance has arisen to sign €40million Spain international Villa after a reported falling out at the Catalan club.
Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has overlooked Villa on a number of occasions already this season and it is thought the striker has fallen out of favour at the club.
Chelsea are looking to find cover for Didier Drogba when he departs for the Africa Cup of Nations in January and the management at Stamford Bridge are unconvinced Torres is up to leading the line.
Meanwhile, Liverpool risk losing touch with the Champions League spots if they continue with the scoring troubles and Villa would be an exciting antidote for that.
The former Valencia man was top scorer in Euro 2008 and has consistently found the net over the course of his career.