Club vice-president Javier Faus believes that the sale of the striker to Atletico Madrid this summer came at the right time in order to free up funding for La Masia
The Spain international joined Atletico in a deal that could eventually be worth €5.1 million (£4.4m) but club vice-president Javier Faus believes that the funds saved by removing the striker from the wage bill with a year left to run on his contract will prove fruitful for the latest crop of talent from la Masia.
"We'll earn €2.5m (£2.2m), or €5m if he completes his three-year contract," he told a press conference. "We lost €8.3m (£7.1m) but, from an economic point of view, we don't get too worked up about signing costs because the real issue at the club are the wages, which are a fixed cost.
"Villa was a player who commanded a high salary and his income increased every year; that's something that can’t be avoided.
"We'll potentially bring in €5m and we can use that money to spend on promising young players. In January Villa could have talked to other clubs and Barca wouldn't have seen a penny. It's been a good bit of business."
The 31-year-old joined Barcelona in 2010 in a €40m (£34.5m) move from Valencia, netting 33 goals in 77 La Liga appearances during his time at Camp Nou.