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Roma rival Manchester City for Barcelona striker

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Roma will rival Manchester City for the signing of Barcelona striker David Villa, reports talkSPORT.

The 30-year-old has already notched three league goals this season, despite starting just one game in La Liga for Tito Vilanova's side.

Roberto Mancini was linked with a shock bid for Spain's all-time leading goalscorer in the summer, but his attempts to lure Villa to the Etihad Stadium could be thwarted by the Giallorossi, who are weighing up a €23million offer in January.

The Serie A club's manager Zdenek Zeman is keen to bolster his attacking options after seeing Fabio Borini and Bojan Krkic both leave the Stadio Olimpico in the summer.

Villa missed a large chunk of last season after sustaining a broken leg, and has yet to nail down a regular berth in Barcelona's starting XI, but it is still unlikely he wants to leave Camp Nou.

Manchester City already have an array of attacking talent with Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli, so Villa's chances of regular action wouldn't necessarily be anymore guaranteed if he moved to the Premier League champions, but in Italy he would have more reassurances.

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