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Joan Laporta Confirms Barcelona Are On The Brink Of Signing Valencia's David Villa For €42m

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has announced that Barcelona are close to finalising a deal to bring Valencia striker David Villa to the Camp Nou for €42 million, Spain understands.

Sunday's La Liga winners are acting quickly to ensure next seasons squad is an improvement upon their already high achieving side and Laporta believes the signing of Villa on a four year contract is a movement toward doing so.

"We have the basic elements of the agreement in place and are talking to find a solution. We have not become fixated on a date but we hope to be done before the World Cup," Laporta told Marca early on Tuesday.

Sources close to Spain suggest that one of star duo Villa or David Silva will be sold during the summer to ease Valencia's financial concerns, with the highly sought after Juan Mata set to stay.

Both David Villa and midfielder Silva, who is reportedly linked with a move to Real Madrid, were left out of Valencia's squad on Sunday for their 1-0 win over relegated Tenerife.

Villa has scored 108 goals in 163 La Liga appearances for Valencia in the last five years.

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