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Barcelona sign David Villa, so what now for Cesc?

May 19, 2010

Barcelona have completed the signing of Valencia and Spain striker David Villa in a deal said to be around £34.2m. Since the 2009/10 La Liga season concluded with Barcelona lifting their 20th League title, speculation increased by the day as to the future of Valencia’s most prized asset, and whilst the rest of the world are talking about whether Cesc Fabregas will make the move back to the club he started off at, Barca have quietly gone about the business of securing the 28-year old on a four-year deal.

The arrival of Villa could well spell the end of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career at Camp Nou just 12 months after it began. The big Swede could only manage 16 League goals this term, and compared to the 47 scored by Lionel Messi, Ibrahimovic looks distinctly 2nd rate. Villa hit 28 in all competitions for 3rd-placed Valencia, and with El Guaje a national favourite as well, there seems little room for the big frame of Zlatan to fit into the Barcelona team. Roberto Mancini has hinted at a reunion with Zlatan in the near future, after the Italian managed him for two years at Inter Milan. Barcelona have not denied that they would stop Ibrahimovic leaving either.

Not only could the signing of Villa open the door for Zlatan to leave, but it could mean that Barca are unable to bring Fabregas to the club as well. Whilst the Catalan giants have more than most when it comes to money, they certainly don’t have a bottomless pocket, and another 40 million Euros may prove a bridge too far for Joan Laporta. However, with Laporta giving up his President’s seat in the very near future, he’s determined to secure Fabregas as one of his signings, rather than leave it to the man who is expected to take over from Laporta, Sandro Rosell. A number of figures have been suggested for the transfer of Fabregas, with 40 million Euros being the most likely. Perhaps selling Zlatan should be more of a priority than it currently is, in order to raise the necessary funds to bring the Spanish wonderkid to Camp Nou.

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  1. FCBFan permalink
    May 19, 2010 9:42 pm

    Wrong they didn’t quietly sign villa any barc fan knows that they tried to sign him
    last summer and January but Valencia said wait Laporta repesly announces that negotiations where being made. 2 Zlatan is no way threatened by villa because villa can and most likely play on the wings, Ibra also had 21 goals in 41 appearences this season for barca and he was injured for about 4games and couldn’t get back 100% for the end.
    Ur comment about zlatan beign threatened is like saying if messi went to real Madrid that Ronaldo better pack his bags. Stupid asumptions made here I mean what coach wouldn’t wana play messi ibra and villa up front
    And as for cesc I am confident he will get signed for Barcelona both him and barca wan him therethey know also how well he fits their style having
    been part of la massia(FCB accademy) it’s just a matter of negotiations they have the money defently but they don’t wna spend it if they don’t have to remeber its justthr begining of transfer season

    • May 19, 2010 10:00 pm

      Barcelona’s biggest mistake was letting Samuel Eto’o leave. Why give up a 30+ goals striker and also pay an extra 40 million to bring Ibrahimovic? It doesn’t make any sense. It’s Guardiola’s fault and now Barca is paying another huge sum to ‘fix’ the problem.

    • James permalink
      May 20, 2010 8:52 pm

      You say “what coach wouldn’t wana play messi ibra and villa up front.” The answer is a coach that has Pedro at his disposal. Pedro is the future and is sure to blossom in the coming years.

      With Xavi, Iniesta and Messi playing me the ball, I could have scored 21 goals. You have to focus on the wasted chances to look at how good a striker really is.

  2. George permalink
    May 19, 2010 10:05 pm

    In England it’s been all about Fabregas recently, and the Villa story has been happening in the background rather sedately. I’m sure in Spain it was big news for a while, but here in England little was said about Villa. Of course there was the odd speculation and story coming out of Barca but nothing substantial.

    My opinion of Zlatan is clearly very different to yours. I think he’s a complete and utter waste of space, and only succeeds in invading the space Messi should be exploiting. 16 goals in the league is probably about average, perhaps even below considering the attacking prowess Barca possess with the likes of Iniesta, Messi, Pedro, Henry, Bojan and the rest. I’ve seen him play a number of times for Barca and Inter and he’s been anonymous every single time. He’s lazy, and he rates himself far too highly. I seem to recall he labelled himself the best striker in the world at one point. Nothing like a bit of misplaced modesty. Villa in front of Ibra any day.

  3. May 20, 2010 9:13 am

    agreed! Ibra’s way of playing is just not Barca’s way. He excelled in Inter because the game was suited to him. In Barca, I’d pick Pedro over Ibra any day!

    As for Villa, its a good and expected move. Now we just wait and see what happens to Mata and Silva. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mata goes back to Madrid. As for Silva, rumours in England have him headed for United. But that’s the English press for you. Hardly ever reliable.

  4. Yemi permalink
    June 1, 2010 7:40 am

    If Guardiola hd known he wuldnt in d first plac sel Eto’o,it ws a wrong intentn 2 swap gold+40m euro 4 affectd barca last season in kings cup nd champions league,it ws even wth d help of d homegrown(messi,bojan,pedro)dat savd barca in dere last 5 matches in d league.pls mr pep dispose your wrong nd flop signing @ any worthles amount other than leav him earn more salary dan d lyks of xavi,iniesta,puyol,etc.zlatan is nothn bt a flop,waste…

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