Atletico Madrid have agreed a deal with Barcelona to sign David Villa pending the Spanish striker passing a medal and agreeing personal terms, Atletico said today.
The news will come as a blow to Tottenham Hotspur who were strongly linked with signing the 31-year-old striker. In addition to Spurs, Arsenal were also linked earlier in the summer.
Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo reported in the last 24 hours that Tottenham’s bid for Villa was described as “ridiculous.”
If and when the deal goes through, it’s another major signing by a foreign club outside of the Premier League this summer. It looks likely that English clubs will miss out on Edinson Cavani, Robert Lewandowski and David Villa, as well as already missing out on Radamel Falcao, Neymar, Isco, Joao Moutinho and others.
Tottenham will join the race again to try to find a high-profile striker to sign this summer. There’s still plenty of time, but the stars are beginning to wrap up their deals.