Futbol Chronicles: David Villa's Move To Barcelona A Masterstroke

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2009

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 20:  David Villa of Spain runs with the ball during the FIFA Confederations Cup match between Spain and South Africa at the Free State stadium on June 20, 2009 in Bloemfontein, South Africa.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

David Villa will officially join Barcelona after the two clubs agreed to a fee according to a source of whom Goal talked to. 

Villa will link up with Messi up front to bolster an already potent attack for the defending European Champions. This move only heightens the possibility of want-away striker Samuel Eto joining Manchester City or Manchester United. 

Villa's move to the Catalan club only intensifies the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona, with Real claiming the upper hand in the signings of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, and Karim Benzema.

The famous Classico would surely be the most anticipated matchup in Spain and Europe, thanks in part to the new star-power that is being assembled by both clubs. 

There are also conflicting reports of a possible Cesc Fabregas move to either Madrid or Barcelona as Arsenal are confirmed to have slapped a $46 million price tag on the young talented midfielder.

The more logical destination for Fabregas would be Barcelona, where he can form a potent partnership with fellow Spanish compatriot Andres Iniesta.

With Fabregas and Iniesta in midfield, and with Villa and Henry upfront, along with most of the players of this May's European Champions League winning side still intact, Barcelona would easily retain the favorites tag for next season.