Spurs lose out as Villa joins Atlético Madrid

Tottenham Hotspur have lost out on the opportunity to sign Barcelona and Spain front man David Villa after the 31 year old signed for fellow La Liga side Atletico Madrid.

In a deal worth up to £4.4million, the opportunity to sign the 92 times capped player would have been a worthwhile one.  He was also rumoured to be part of a transfer swap deal with Manchester United for England forward Wayne Rooney.  It is Atlético though, who have now secured what could well prove to be one of the deals of the summer.

A statement on the official Barcelona Website is how the news was broken, stating:  “Barca and the Madrid club have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of the Asturian player.  The deal will cost a maximum of 5.1million euros, with 2.1million this season, 2million more if the player is still at Atletico Madrid in the 2014-15 season and another million if he stays until the 2015-16 season.

“”As well as that, Barca have reserved 50 per cent of the rights of any future transfer of the player.”

Atletico confirmed the deal in their own official website stating: “This agreement will be consolidated once the Asturian player undertakes his medical and signs his contract with our club.”

The Spaniard started his career at Sporting Gijon and continued to grown from strength to strength during moves to Zaragoza and Valencia before joining Barcelona in 2010.

Villa has slipped down the pecking order since a leg break in the 2011 Club World Cup match for Barcelona against Al Sadd in Yokohama.   This resulted in a longer then initially expected  break from football which saw him miss all of the 2011-12 season.  This meant in turn he would also miss out on Spain’s successful European Championships victory in Poland and Ukraine in 2012.

On his return to action this season gone, Villa has shown a good return of 16 goals, however most of his appearances came from the substitutes bench; he was still impressive enough however to merit inclusion in Spain’s Confederations Cup squad that reached the final in Brazil only to lose out to the host country in the final.

With Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor lined with moves away from White Hart Lane the prospect of Villa moving to North London seemed a realistic one.  However with the opportunity now clearly gone Andre Villas Boas will have to turn his attentions elsewhere.  Spurs loss though could very well be Atlético’s gain.

Brian is a sports journalist with over 5 years experience of writing on all things soccer. Resides in Dublin, Ireland.