4 Clubs That Barcelona's David Villa Should Look to Move to in Summer
Barcelona forward David Villa is still one of the more reliable names in European football when it comes to finding the back of the net.
However, the veteran Spanish striker is far from a first choice at the Nou Camp, and rumour has it he will be on the move in summer to preserve his international place.
With the 2014 World Cup to be held in Brazil next summer, 2013-14 will be a key one for Villa to have an impact on the club stage and ensure he makes the plane to South America.
The latest rumours have him desiring to leave Barcelona in the summer (via Mirror Football), but that one potential suitor, namely Arsenal, is no longer interested in signing him.
Villa needs to make sure wherever he goes, he is first-choice in an attacking role. With that in mind, here are four clubs he could make the move to this summer and have a big impact.
Colombian striker Radamel Falcao is the undisputed king of the striker role for Atleti, but rumours continue to link him with a move away this summer, possibly to Chelsea with on-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois moving in the other direction on a permanent basis (via Mirror Football).
Wherever his final destination, if Falcao does depart it will leave Atletico with a considerable void to fill, and an experienced striker like David Villa could be exactly what is required to keep the goals flowing, perhaps in conjunction with the likes of Adrian.
Similar to the situation at Atletico, Valencia could be offloading their main centre-forward Roberto Soldado this summer (via Goal.com).
Villa, of course, is a former Los Che forward himself, and though plenty advocate the "never go back" approach, this is one reunion which could pay big dividends for all.
Valencia are, barring an almost perfect end to the season, going to struggle to get Champions League football for next season, but they should still figure in the Europa League.
They will of course be aiming to get a higher finish in La Liga, too, and a low-cost move for a former hero could certainly appeal to a club still trying to cut costs.
There don't appear to be too many other routes open to David Villa in his home country—if he wants to be playing both regularly in the first team and at a good level, preferably in European competition.
Therefore, the next avenue for him to consider would be to move abroad. Italy's Serie A presents an intriguing possibility, with Napoli in particular likely to be looking for a new striker, with Edinson Cavani likely to leave in the summer (via Mirror Football).
Napoli are currently second in Italy's top flight with four games to play, meaning they are very likely to be playing Champions League football. Adding an experienced forward to their squad, one who has a history of hitting the back of the net in Europe's premier competition, would be a great boost to them if Cavani is to depart.
Villa, meanwhile, would be in a competitive league with top European action on the agenda, and have the chance to face a whole host of new defences with his attacking abilities.
Finally, even though it was debunked in the original linked media source from the front page, a move to Arsenal could well still suit both club and player.
Olivier Giroud has impressed in spells but has failed to regularly shine as a top player, while the Gunners' system of play means that Villa could also do a job in his current Barcelona role, taking over the left-forward position in the team if needed.
Arsene Wenger, manager of the Gunners, would of course usually be associated with signing the best younger players around, but the last few transfer windows have shown him anything but averse to bringing in more experienced players.
Though Arsenal's European participation next season is not yet assured, Villa would doubtless play a significant role in their next challenge for top honours, as well as provide a steady supply of goals which perhaps others in the squad have not managed to do.