With his team currently sitting in 10th in the Premier League in goals (only 14 through 11 games), Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has reportedly been looking for options to help him boost his strike force in January. His search appears to have led him to the camp of Champions League winners Barcelona—more specifically to their star striker, David Villa—as it has emerged that Dalglish might be preparing an audacious swoop for the Spanish superstar (The Daily Mail).
Villa joined Barcelona in the summer of 2010 from Valencia for an estimated £34 million, and has since emerged as one of the world's premier attacking players. Villa has scored 30 goals in 70 appearances for the legendary club, while in a sparkling Spanish international career he has 50 goals in 80 matches.
That said, relationships appear to have become strained recently, with a reported fallout between Villa and world-beater Lionel Messi raiding the tabloids. Barcelona have some very talented youngsters coming through the pipeline, and it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility to see the 29-year-old fall out of favour in the next couple of seasons.
The move would certainly be a sensational transfer for the Anfield club. While Barcelona would most likely demand at least as much as they paid for Villa, Liverpool's rich owners have shown a willingness to spend money to improve the team. Villa would step right into the starting XI at Liverpool, likely alongside Luis Suarez, to create one of the best strike partnerships in the world.
Look for the Reds to take a run at Villa in the January transfer window.
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