EURO 2008 winner David Villa is on the verge of a world record £52million transfer from Valencia to the Premier League with Manchester City, with the Spanish International’s agent due to fly into England on Tuesday to thrash out a deal for the striker, according to The News of the World.
City owner’s the ADUG, who broke the British transfer record, when they brought Brazilian Robinho to the Eastlands Stadium on transfer deadline day in the summer for £32.5million from Real Madrid are understood to have already rubber stamped Citizens manager Mark Hughes’ move for Villa. As the Manchester club look to flex their financial muscle when the transfer window reopens in January.
Los Che are understood to be in serious financial turmoil and City, are ready to take advantage by making Villa the most expensive signing in football history. With the fee for 27-year-old Villa set to eclipse the £50million Real Madrid paid Juventus for Zinedine Zidane in 2001.
A source close to the deal said: “It is clear City need a world-class striker and Villa fits the bill.
“The Arabs have been impressed with him and Mark Hughes is convinced he will do well in English football.
“His agent will be flying in on Tuesday and there is every chance talks and a deal will be concluded by the end of the week.”
Villa has been at Valencia since joining from Real Zaragoza in 2004, with the prolific striker boasting an incredible 70 goals in 114 La Liga appearances during his time at the Mestalla and is considered one of the hottest properties in European football.