Barcelona are reportedly preparing to offer David Villa to Manchester City and Chelsea for £40 million.
The Daily Mirror reports that the Spanish champions are reluctant to do so, but accept it will be the only way to fund the proposed £91m triple bid they are reportedly planning for Cesc Fabregas, Alexis Sanchez and Giuseppe Rossi.
Barcelona’s president, Sandro Rosell, has restricted coach Pep Guardiola to a £40m transfer budget as the club look to cut their debts of £350m, and Rosell has also said that any further funds must be raised by selling players.
A club source reportedly said: “Guardiola has a list of players he is prepared to move on to give him more spending power in the transfer market, but Villa is definitely not on that list.
“Ideally, he wants to keep Villa – especially after the impact he made in his first campaign with Barca. He sees David as a big player as his side push for more trophies next season.
“But he also knows that he may have to sacrifice Villa to finance incoming deals. And Manchester City and Chelsea would be very happy to buy Villa.”
Villa only joined Barcelona last summer in a £35m transfer from Valencia, and he scored 23 goals in his debut season at Camp Nou.
Rossi is reportedly close to completing his £26m transfer to Barcelona from Villarreal, with his agent Federico Pastorello saying: “His dream is to certainly wear the Barcelona shirt and with official negotiation I believe a deal can be done.”