Friday, May 14, 2010

Fergie's Transfer Target List: #2 David Villa

If we are to believe the media, Sir Alex Ferguson, has been trying to sign Valencia's David Villa, 28, ever since the club off-loaded Ruud Van Nistelrooy. The Spanish international has been linked to United and Chelsea over the last few seasons, but until now he has spurned a move to England; the latest speculation suggests the Valencia star could be the subject of a 40m Euro bid by Fergie, but as ever, there are no quotes from United, the player or his agent.

Whenever Fergie talks to prospective new signings, one of the first questions asked is... 'how much do want to play for United'? In practise, United's transfer 'fixers' will have asked the question before any talks between manager and player get under way, but in the case of Villa and Karim Benzema they have so far rebuffed the idea of a move to Manchester.

If David Villa fancies a move to England, United will almost certainly find that Chelsea and possibly even Manchester City would be competing for his signature. Chelsea could be the favourites given Carlo Ancelotti is likely to be around for quite some time; Fergie cannot go on forever and any would be signing is likely to take the managerial situation into account and of course Chelsea are the champions.

David Villa would be an excellent addition to the squad and like Wayne Rooney, he isn't a one dimensional striker. While Villa has the ability, his age could be a problem given that David Gill, CEO, has gone on record hinting United are unlikely to sign players over the age of 29 for big money.

The bad news for United, Chelsea and City is that reports in Spain are claiming Villa could be about to join Barcelona.

Verdict: Unlikely.

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