Well, he wasn’t gonna spend another season with Valencia as it turned out. After a series of meeting with Valencia’s club president in the past week, the deal was made official a few hours ago – After five seasons with Valencia, scoring 108 goals in 164 league matches, including 21 last season, helping Valencia achieve a third place finish in the 2009-2010 La Liga season, meaning Champions League, Villa has finally left and arrived, at the age of 28, to a truly big club. He signed a four year contract, making around 7 million per season.
The fee is around 40 million Euro – 34.2 million pounds or just less than 50 million dollars, joining the loaded Barca attack, consisting of Zlatan, Pedro, Henry, Krkic and of course, Messi. Obviously, not everyone is going to stay, so this summer, or maybe even in the next few days, it’ll interesting to see who’ll be leaving (Henry’s departure seems to be the most obvious one).
Valencia wanted Krkic to be a part of the deal with Villa but eventually withdrew their demand. Pedro? fat chance. Messi? Don’t make Josep laugh. Ibra? Now, that seems interesting. Yes, he did cost about 60 mil last summer + Samuel Eto’o, but Zlatan’s overall performance wasn’t exactly satisfying this season (still, 16 goals in 29 league matches, not too bad). Villa isn’t coming to sit on the bench, and I doubt Ibrahimovic will be happy to hit the pine as well. Unless Guardiola intends to shift and change tactics again, there’s a good chance the Swede will be gone.
Don’t forget, Cesc Fabregas is very close to a return to his youth club, and it’ll probably cost around the same amount Villa came for. Selling Zlatan might be a good way to get that money. Barca’s general manager, Txiki Begiristain, was heard today saying Zlatan isn’t for sale.
The other interesting thing to watch as a reaction to Villa’s arrival at the Nou Camp will be from the capital, from Real Madrid. Villa was almost signed there last season until the deal blew up in the 90th minute after everything seemed to be disclosed. Now, without a title, it seems the first matter to be attended will be the head coach, and the (probable) arrival of Barca’s arch rival, Jose Mourinho. Finger lickin’ good if you ask me. More to come in the coming days.