Huge Blow As David Villa Opts For £4.4m Atletico Madrid Move

By on July 8, 2013

With the summer transfer window now open, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, David Villa turns his back on a switch to the Premier League.

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A whole host of Premier League clubs have been dealt a blow with the news that David Villa has turned his back on a switch to England after agreeing to join Atletico Madrid in a £4.4m deal, according to the Independent.

The Spanish hitman has decided to leave Barcelona after three trophy-laden years because he failed to force his way back into Tito Vilanova’s starting eleven last season after making his comeback from a broken leg. The signing of Brazilian sensation Neymar was only going to make his job even more difficult, so he’s chosen to leave the Nou Camp in search of regular playing time.

The 31-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to England in recent months. Spanish newspaper Sport claimed just last week that Tottenham were leading the race with Arsenal and Liverpool also thought to have made contact with the strikers representatives to register their interest.

However, Villa has decided to snub a switch to the Premiership in favour of staying in La Liga with the Independent confirming that Atletico Madrid have struck a deal with Barca that will see them pay just €2.1m up front, a further €2m if Villa continues to play in the 2014/15 season and another €1m if he extends his contract until 2016.

It seems like an excellent piece of business by Madrid and Villa will now complete his move to the Vicente Calderón Stadium where he will replace Radamel Falcao – who left to join Monaco earlier in the summer.

It’s a huge blow to the Premier League clubs, particularly for Spurs with the report suggesting Villa was Andre Villas-Boas’s top striking target this summer, but the north Londoners are now expected to turn their attention to other targets including Leandro Damiao, Christian Benteke and Roberto Soldado.

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Are you disappointed that your club missed out on Villa? Or are there better targets available? Share your view in the comments section below.

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8 Comments

  1. Ray

    July 8, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Why is it a huge low?

  2. Ray

    July 8, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Why is it a huge blow?

  3. Dylan

    July 8, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    15m if he goes to Arsenal. 4.4m to everyone else.

  4. Mick

    July 8, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    A huge blow? More like a lucky escape if you ask me. He is too old at 32 to move to the Premier League, has poor recent form, poor recent injury record, and although the price was OK he would not have come cheap as far as wages were concerned. Also don’t forget the young striker Yaya Sanogo has just signed. Higuain is obviously the primary striking target, why waste more money on yesterdays man. I think it was fortunate we didn’t sign him in the last January window. I have a feeling Wenger probably feels the same.

  5. Ian Hawthorne

    July 8, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Not a huge blow to us as he wasn’t a target but Ha ha ha ha for Spuds cos he would have scored loads of goals for them albeit only for a couple of years.
    If Higuain is staying put I can’t see a better alternative than Benteke. Let’s gazzump Spuds on this one too

  6. soulaiman

    July 8, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Arsenal will never afford suárez fee.

  7. Michael Julian

    July 8, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Villa is absolutely not any blow to the Gunners; he hasn’t the physicality and youthfulness to play for Arsenal and in BPL. Moreover, Wenger hasn’t bid for him!.

  8. Austino

    July 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Premier league is nt 4 lazy players

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