Reigning Spanish champions Barcelona have completed the transfer of prolific hitman David Villa from fellow La Liga outfit Valencia for a fee of €40 million. The striker has signed a four-year deal at his new club with an option to extend his stay for a further year.
The Spanish international had continually been linked with a move away from Valencia in the past couple of weeks and a transfer only appeared to be a matter of time when Barcelona president Joan Laporta confirmed earlier this week that negotiations between the Blaugrana and Los Che were ongoing.
The two parties have now reached an agreement over the transfer of the highly rated attacker, as Valencia confirmed on their official website on Wednesday, and Villa will ply his trade at Barcelona next term. The Spanish champions confirmed on their own website that Villa will travel to Barcelona on Thursday evening to undergo a medical, and will attend his official presentation at 13:30 CET on Friday.
Villa joined Valencia from Real Zaragoza in the summer of 2005 and has since developed into one of the best strikers around in the Primera Division. The 28-year-old has so far scored 109 league goals in 166 appearances.
The arrival of Villa could very well mean the end of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the Catalan powerhouse. The former Inter star has failed to find his best form at Barcelona since joining the club last summer and has been linked with a move away from the Spanish champions more than once in the past couple of weeks.
Villa has been in superb form all season and currently sits sixth in the Castrol Rankings.
Become a fan of Goal.com India's Facebook fan page for all the latest news and insight into everything related to the beautiful game!