David Villa signing confirms premier League are also rans

by Mystical Mike

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
 

Europe’s most wanted striker will finally be unveiled as a Barcelona player on Friday after completing a £34.2m move from Valencia.

David Villa 28, has signed a four-year deal with the Catalan club, with Cesc Fabregas also said to be on his way.

The Spanish hitman was top scorer at Euro 2008, despite missing the final in which Spain won 2-0.

Both Manchester United and Chelsea had been tracking him, but the forward consistently expressed his desire to stay in homeland.

His arrival could also see the end of Thierry Henry and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, although Barcelona’s current president Joan Laporta said the club were “satisfied” with the 21-goal contribution of Ibrahimovic in his first season since arriving from Inter Milan.

“We have sold David Villa to Barcelona for 40 million euros,” said the president Manuel Llorente.
“As everyone knows we could have done this deal last year but we thought at that moment it was best to keep our squad together to try and get into the Champions League.
“We have achieved that aim and finished third in the league, and he has contributed a lot towards this. We think it is a good sale and necessary for the economic situation of the club.”

So who will be next to sign for either Barcelona or Real Madrid? And can the Premier League really compete with the big two from La Liga?

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  • Michael

    The Premier League has been bloated and overpriced for too long. Maybe it is fair to see soe of the wealth distrubuted to Spain? Obviously I want to watch the best players in this country but if England don’t do well in the world cup then I think even more top players could leave

  • JJ

    I’m a little worried from an Arsenal perspective. Once again another captain is leaving us, although you can’t blame Cesc, he’s barca through and through. I mean, who would you rather line up against, Messi, Villa, Xavi or Song, Silverstre & Diarby?

    By all accounts we should have close to 70m to spend on some much needed new players, I can only see Wenger bringing in 3 max, and one of those is on a free. I’m very worried if I’m honest

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  • William

    Arsenal have a habit of selling players to Barcelona: Overmars, Petit, Henry, Hleb. However, did any of those players benefit from the move? All of their careers peaked at Arsenal. Fabregas be warned – Wenger very rarely sells a player too soon. And when he does, he makes a huge profit (Anelka).

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