David Villa is not getting any younger and the fact he seems out of favour at the Spanish giants this season could be a reason for him to move next summer. At 31-years-old he will still feel he has a lot to offer and the Metro is reporting Liverpool could be the club to snap up the knock down fee of £10 million Barcelona are reportedly willing to accept.
Barcelona seem reluctant to sell him this January, which is ideally when Liverpool would need a front man, because they need to retain him for cover. However, if the club sign attacking talent next summer then Villa could be forced to leave the club or ultimately see the last part of his career fade out when he still has a lot to offer.
Villa, and a number of other current Barcelona players, has been linked with a move to Anfield in the past. The club badly need a high profile striker to score bags of goals which will take some of the pressure away from Liverpool’s only high profile striker right now, Luis Suarez.
Many are saying that Villa is still suffering from the effects of a broken leg which he sustained last year. He does seem to have lost a great deal of his pace and his match fitness looks way off which is understandable when you consider that he is not getting the playing time that a player of his calibre needs.
Liverpool could certainly afford the transfer fee but they could find it difficult to fit him and Suarez into the same team. Both of the strikers like to play in a direct central striker position with support coming from others playing wider. Villa has played slightly off to the left for Barcelona but his best goalscoring seasons have come when he has played down the middle.
Villa would fit into Liverpool’s style of play nicely. Brendan Rodgers is trying to make a transition in the way that Liverpool play their football to try and bring them forward to match a number of big European sides. Villa has been brought up playing football in Spain so he will be used to this and it would allow him to have an instant effect on the club.
The worry is that with half of the season to play next year before any move, Liverpool’s priorities could change. They may be forced to go for another player in a different position which could mean they don’t have the funds to sign Villa or pay the large wage deal that he is likely to ask for.
They will also have to compete with other big European teams that will be in for him and there could be another move in Spain for Villa, which he may be more likely to accept over a move to England. However, if he is available for £10 million next summer then Liverpool would be well advised to get into a position where they can take advantage of that fee.
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