David Villa Will Join FC Barcelona This Week

Cristian SireraContributor IMay 18, 2010

PARIS -FRANCE- MARCH 03: David Villa of Spain  during the France v Spain International Friendly match at the Stade de France on March 3, 2010 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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David Villa will head to Barcelona this week, and Barcelona will have to pay a lot for it.

The initial fee is 42 million Euros, or $53 million—one of the most expensive transfers of the last decade.

Villa said on Monday that he would only leave Valencia "if the club needed [him] to." That was all Barcelona needed to hear.

Guardiola's men will have arguably the best striker in Spain next season.

Catalonia's powerhouse will now count on an amazing ensemble of attacking players—Lionel Messi, Ibrahimovic, young Bojan, Pedro, and Villa himself. Rumors are already circulating about Zlatan leaving the Condal city after a semi-frustrating season, where he lost his place in the starting 11 to Bojan Krkic.

Now, the hot potato will go to Valencia. They will need most of Villa's money to finish up a stadium that has been on stand-by while halfway built.

At the same time, they will have to put together a team competitive enough to battle in La Liga, the Champions League, and the Spanish Cup.

It seems as though Nikola Zigic might have his chance to shine in Mestalla after all.