Barca To Hijack Villa?

Barcelona vice-president Rafael Yuste has admitted on Catalunya Radio that the club have held ‘open discussions’ with Valencia regarding the transfer of Spanish international striker David Villa. The prolific hitman has been inexorably linked with a move away from the Mestalla since finishing top scorer at Euro 2008 last summer and, after another successful season in front of goal, both Barcelona and Real Madrid are stepping up their bids to land ‘El Guaje’.
It had been thought that an agreement had been reached between Los Che and Florentino Perez that would see the player head to the Bernabeu, but now Yuste has stated that the Blaugrana are still in the hunt to capture the 27-year old. “There are many players who are interested in coming to play at Barcelona and I think that people have to know this. The talks [between Barcelona and Valencia] are absolutely open.” Earlier this week, World Sport had suggested that the Camp Nou club were readying a €35m bid for Villa in order to capture him from underneath the noses of Real Madrid. The article also claimed that Valencia president Manuel Llorente had chosen to suspend negotiations with Madrid, to allow "a level playing field for Villa to decide." Earlier today, reported that Valencia had reneged on an agreement with Los Blancos to sell the former Real Zaragoza forward for a sum of €42m


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