Barcelona land Villa, Cesc to follow?

May 19, 2010

SOCCER-SPAIN/Breaking news from Spain, where Barcelona have agreed a deal to sign David Villa from Valencia for 40 million euros.

The timing is interesting, coming as it does immediately after Barcelona successfully completed the defence of their league title, and before the distractions of a presidential election.

Joan Laporta, the outgoing president, was clearly determined the club should not rest on its palmares, and run the risk of a rival club using the power vacuum that is on its way to sign Villa from under their noses.

What does it mean for Zlatan Ibrahimovic? And for Thierry Henry? There is growing speculation that the latter will head off to the United States after the World Cup but I doubt of Ibrahimovic will go anywhere. The Swede actually had a pretty decent first season, even if it was light years away from justifying his huge price tag.

That aside, the other great question of Catalan state is whether the club can do a deal to bring Cesc Fabregas back home from Arsenal. The English newspapers agree this morning that the player has told Arsene Wenger he wants to go, with negotiations on the way over a fee.

The Barca team that won the league this season with the addition of another goalscoring machine in Villa and a midfielder with the presence of Fabregas sounds quite a proposition.

How will Real Madrid respond?

PHOTO: Valencia’s David Villa celebrates after he scored a penalty against Deportivo Coruna during their Spanish first division soccer match at the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia April 24, 2010.

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