Villa signs for Barca


MADRID, May 19 – Barcelona have reached a deal to sign Spanish international striker David Villa from Valencia for 40 million euros (49.4 million dollars), the Spanish champions said Wednesday.The 28-year-old, Valencia’s top scorer in La Liga with 21 goals, will be officially unveiled on Friday at the Camp Nou after undergoing a medical, the club said in a statement.

During his five seasons with Valencia, Villa has scored a total of 107 goals in 166 league matches and was top scorer at Euro 2008 which was won by Spain.

Barcelona, who won their second consecutive league title on Sunday, did not specify the length of Villa’s contract but Catalan sports daily Mundo Deportivo reported earlier Wednesday he would sign for four years.

Villa had been coveted last year by both Barcelona and arch-rivals Real Madrid but the Catalan club finally secured the services of Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Inter Milan in a deal which saw Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o move to the Italian side.