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In for Villa?

In for Villa?

David that is, not Aston!

The tabloid press appear to be in agreement that Rafa Benitez is targeting the Barcelona forward David Villa in the January transfer window,

Our interim gaffer appears, if you read between the lines, quite confident of landing the Spanish international and for a quite reasonable fee.

The fee being universally quoted is £12 million, but would it be a good deal?

On the positive side, we`d be bringing to the club a player that openly admitted, in a previous article, he likes playing alongside Fernando Torres. There`s also the fact that he is a proven goal-scorer, whilst many would consider a fee of £12 million as a snip for an experienced world-class striker.

But what about the negatives?

Villa is now thirty-one years old, his best days are probably behind him, he`s also been out of action (with a broken leg) for eight months. Since returning from injury he`s not been able to get back into the Barcelona first team on a regular basis.

So, if we are targeting David Villa, what`s the verdict?

Would he be a decent acquisition or are we merely buying a Barcelona cast-off?

Your thoughts please!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday December 26 2012
Time: 10:11AM


Even if he was performing well it would be just be papering the cracks. 31 years old.... Pass
26/12/2012 10:18:00
still a very good player no doubt but too old..and will earn a lot...its a NO...big one!!
26/12/2012 10:22:00
4 years ago hes past it but a good player. he should retire at barca
26/12/2012 10:36:00
Well past his best. I think we should jus pass
26/12/2012 10:40:00
Even if we are lookin for a short term striker to do the job until we can get Falcao start of next season, we can do a better deal than this one ...but if we can GUARANTEE Falcao , then i wouldnt necessarily be opposed to Villa
26/12/2012 10:44:00
I would also be saying to myself , if we are only looking for a short term fix, then why not give Lukaku a chance to show what he can give us??
26/12/2012 10:56:00
Only a loan deal would be reasonable. 12 million for a 31 year old is too much. Remember Deco for 8 million at 30 years?
26/12/2012 11:05:00
@Blue_mel..Falcao, FT9 and Villa cant work for us...the trio will be on insane wages..and our present formation only plays one striker....while i will be happy if we have 3 or more strikers...we cant be paying players a lot to sit on teh bench...we can do better by bringing in younger players who will be a lot cheaper and can give us more value over time...i think that is the chelsea strategy a few world class stars..and then get plenty talents in the youth rank with only the very best making it to the first team while others will be sold at a profit...
26/12/2012 11:10:00
I agree layor..thats why , I think instead forking out £12m or even paying out xtra wages, lets use what we already have - Lukaku - give him his first team chance (on the assumption e cant get Falcao till June) to see hether he can be integrated into the team even as a backup (if Torres cant work with Falcao). With FFP arriving , why spend £12m when we dont need to ?
26/12/2012 11:20:00
I agreed if it is just a loan as bringing back Lukaku may not be suitable. Let him earn his stripes in WBA for time being.... We just need to control his wages and the best would be on loan....
26/12/2012 11:30:00
i think chelsea shouldl go for him for a loan deal till the end of the season....after that go for a good young striker..signing falcoa will add more problem rather than more solution...
26/12/2012 11:39:00
shlok?? Ian Wright reckons if we sign Falcao we can win Premiership....given Ian Wright knows what hes talking about , I reckon winning Premiership does NOT equal "more problems"
26/12/2012 11:49:00
26/12/2012 11:49:00
blue can you guarantee that we will win pl if we sign him...will he be scoring agnst manu and manc for other teams also..signing falcoa is not the soultion instead build a good young big squad with talented players player like damio isco schrulle wamaya and there are lot of them we can get on less price...we dont need 50 million striker now ..he is also askng insane wages...what if he gets flop like torres and then we have to keep him playing because he has a huge price tag just like torres case...what about other chelsea players like mata rami iva etc...who will be receving less salary than saying is that dont risk all your money on one player...make a good team first..
26/12/2012 12:05:00
There are some transfer speculations that is worth raising an eyebrow at, but this aint worth considering, either on loan or a 12m purchase, david villa to chelsea won't happen, I think we have a striker linedup but defo not villa
26/12/2012 12:10:00
@schlok...we already have a good young squad! yes there is still players that need relacing ..Lampard , Cole and probably JT.. but we already have a good caore of youth..Lukaku , Piazon etc. Luiz being moved to DM is already like a new player. We hae KDB available if we need him. We dont need to buy any new Forwards or midfielders except for Falcao. Maybe a replacement for Lampard - job done
26/12/2012 12:12:00
oh just curious shlok, did you see the Aston Villa match ? lol .. Im looking forward to todays match against Norwich... hoping we can repeat the score line
26/12/2012 12:17:00
I dont think we should get Falcao in January...we need to diversify risk by getting 2-3 talents for the same price of one player...that is wisdom for me...fingers crossed.!!
26/12/2012 12:23:00
blue mel yaa we have good core of players but we dont have big squad...and players your mentioning like lukaku piazon and also add you seriously think they will get oppurtunity at chelsea id ont think so...till you dont have a manger who will be there for 4 to 5 yr at chelsea forgot about our youth dvelopment program at chelsea there wont be place for youth till you have a stable manager at chelsea...dont include josh lukaky piazon or any of our yoth team as a squad player becasue they wont get cenough chance nor our manager will risk them...thats why i was saying buy isco 17 million buy out prajnic 12 million wamaya 10 million and there are many more who we can get on less price and who could challenge for first team chance...we need a better squad players who could challenge for first team...not just for the sake of being a squad players...
26/12/2012 12:33:00
and yaa i saw it....hope we play like that today also...would play oscar in place of lamps that the one change i will do...
26/12/2012 12:35:00
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