David Villa will be playing in England next season as Barcelona have given the striker permission to speak to clubs in the Premier League with Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool looking to get their hands on Spaniard; The Mirror reports.
The 31-year-old is seeking regular first team football – which he has struggled to regain at Barcelona since his leg break and the emergence of Lionel Messi in a centre forward role – and hopes that this regular football will lead to him once again being selected for his national side for the 2014 World Cup. The Spain international has been at Barcelona for three seasons making 115 appearances, scoring 47 goals and being attributed with 15 assists since his arrival from Valencia, where he scored 128 times in 217 appearances. For Spain, he has 88 caps and has scored 53 goals. Villa has told his advisors that he wants to move for England and Tottenham are favourites to land the £12 million rated striker.
Andre Villas-Boas reportedly knows VIlla personally and is offering the Spaniard the best financial package. However, their failure to book their place in the Champions League may cost them.
Arsenal are the only interested Premier League club who can offer Villa Champions League football, giving them a strong advantage over their rivals. Tottenham have been missing a striker all season – with Emmanuel Adebayor misfiring and Jermain Defoe either injured or out of favour and will see Villa as the player to add that missing something and too help them push for bigger things next season. Liverpool look set to lose Luis Suarez and see Villa as the man to replace him. Liverpool need a bigger push to get back to their former glories, than the aforementioned teams, and Villa’s quality would put them in good stead.
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