Liverpool keeping tabs on David Villa
The 31-year-old Spanish international has fallen further down the pecking order at the Nou Camp under new manager Tito Vilanova, and Spanish paper AS have suggested that the Reds could be ready to make a bid for him in the summer to bring him to Anfield.
Barcelona have ruled out selling the player in January but are keen to strike a deal for Santos striker Neymar in the summer, which if completed would supposedly pave the way for Villa to move on.
Villa who was regarded as one of the most lethal strikers in world football not too long ago, started his career at Sporting Gijon followed by a spell at Real Zaragoza. However it was when he joined Valencia in 2005 that he rose to prominence in a prolific spell which secured him a move to Barcelona in 2010.
He has also been a huge part of Spain’s recent triumphs at major tournaments, finishing with the Golden Boot at Euro 2008 and once again topping the scoring charts at World Cup 2010, only to be pipped to the award by Germany’s Thomas Muller as he had provided more assists.
Villa’s contract expires in 2014 and a deal in the summer could appeal to both clubs, potentially setting up a potent strike force for the Reds alongside Uruguayan Luis Suarez.