Chelsea Transfer News: Are Chelsea Interested in David Villa?

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIDecember 27, 2012

SEVILLE, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 29:  David Villa of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring their third goal during the La Liga match between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on September 29, 2012 in Seville, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Chelsea are believed to be the latest club to join the race for Spanish international David Villa ahead of the upcoming winter transfer window.

Liverpool and Arsenal have both been linked with a move for the 31-year-old Villa, who is currently on the outer at Barcelona following a broken leg last season that saw him unable to break back into the current first time at the Nou Camp.

But backed by mega-rich owner Roman Abramovich, Chelsea are believed be considering a reported £12 million move this January for the talented striker.

Per The Daily Mirror:

Chelsea are ready to gazump Arsenal and Liverpool to snatch Barcelona’s David Villa.

World Cup winner Villa has become a Nou Camp outsider after suffering a broken leg last season, making just a handful of first-team starts for the La Liga leaders.

Interim Blues boss Rafa Benitez is now planning a £12million raid for his fellow Spaniard.

The Stamford Bridge chief wants a player who can operate between the lines in the manner of Manchester City’s David Silva, and has ­identified the Barcelona man as the answer.

The Daily Mail also reports that the Blues are interested in a move for Villa, though they report that the move would be a loan deal rather than on a permanent basis.

Blues striker Daniel Sturridge will seemingly be on his way to Merseyside this January following reports of his medical at Liverpool, which leaves Benitez just one real striker at the club for the remainder of the season, Fernando Torres.

El Nino has been superb of late under his former manager and it is thought that the arrival of Villa would be another helpful addition for Torres. Not only would it allow Benitez to rest Torres if needed, but it would give the Spaniard striker someone alongside that he has played alongside before, which would in turn, yield better performances from the 28-year-old.

A move for Villa to Chelsea would also be key in that it would reunite Villa with Blues No. 10 Juan Mata, who player together at Valencia with devastating effect.

The reunion of that pair alongside a firing Torres with the likes of Eden Hazard and Oscar around also would make for a truly awesome attack and one that naturally leads to the suggestion that a move for Villa would indeed be a good thing for the Blues.

However, having said that, any deal for Villa doesn't seem to quite fit the current situation at either club and, as a result, it seems unlikely that any move will take place.

At least not to Chelsea, anyway.

Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao remains the Blues top transfer target this January, and the potential signing of a 31-year-old striker isn't going to change that.

Falcao is one of the greatest strikers, and players, in the game at the moment and Abramovich will no doubt spend whatever money it takes to get him to Stamford Bridge—a move he is seemingly unlikely to make for a striker who isn't going to be getting any younger or healthier.

Villa should not be the priority—Falcao should be.

Granted he could play for the Blues in the Europa League where Falcao cannot, but the 31-year-old striker still wouldn't be worth the effort that it would take to sign and then transform the squad to best utilize his skills alongside Torres and Mata.

If the argument for his arrival is that he would bring out the best in Mata and Torres, then he must be played alongside the pair. Then the next question becomes where—in midfield, in behind the attack or upfront alongside Torres in a strike partnership?

How then do Oscar and Eden Hazard fit in? Can John Obi Mikel still receive significant playing time? Frank Lampard? What about the inclusion of David Luiz into midfield, which yielded incredible results for Chelsea against Aston Villa?

All of these questions cannot be answered easily, and it's that uncertainty that leads to the suggestion that David Villa will not be coming to Chelsea this January. 

Buying? No way. On loan? Maybe.

But only if Chelsea don't buy Radamel Falcao.


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