Tottenham Hotspur look set to capture Barcelona and Spain striker David Villa after the striker agreed in principle to a move to North London after his agent’s meeting with Spurs representatives.
The player who is on duty with Spain at the Confederations Cup is eager to move to the Premier League since accepting that his time et the La Liga champions is over following the addition of Neymar to their attacking line up.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas spoke briefly with the player over the phone while his agent struck a deal with the club’s new technical director Franco Baldini, meaning that the North Londoners just have to work out a price with Barcelona to take the player to White Hart Lane.
There was competition from rivals Arsenal for the Spaniard’s signature but with Arsene Wenger securing the services of Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain that option is now closed for Villa.
Serie A side Fiorentina are also keen to take Villa but he much prefers the idea of playing in the Premier League.
Barcelona want arouns £12million for the 31 year old but spurs chairman Daniel Levy feels he is in a strong enough position to pay as little as £8million up front since Villa has all but agreed personal terms in the switch.
The forward who is Spain’s all time leading goal scorer is on around £120,000 a week at the Catalan club is happy to take £100,000 a Spurs since he feels he would be more fulfilled in England than elsewhere.
The progress on Villa is sign of Spurs’s new found desire to conduct their transfer activity early in the summer with Baldini in Brazil to tie up the capture of Paulinho in a deal worth around £17million.
Villas-Boas has identified a number of weaknesses in his squad and hopes that he will not be hindered in addressing them as he was in January when the failure to get the deal for Leandro Damiao from Internacional over the line left him with a lack of attacking options for the second half of the season.
Paulinho will join Spurs fresh from a Confederations Cup where he has impressed, assisting Neymar and scoring the winner in Brazil’s semi final win over Uruguay.
The attacking midfielder is set to join Spurs on a four year deal after undergoing a medical once his international duties are over.