Scores of names have been suggested to replace former Atlético striker Radamel Falcao in recent weeks, but on Monday, the scouring of the market came to an end.
David Villa has been confirmed as los Rojiblancos’ new focal point up front for their return to the Champions League.
Barcelona have announced the sale of the Spaniard for €5.1 million, and according to reports in the Spanish media, he will sign for one year with an optional two-year extension.
Barça will be paid in three installments: €2.1 million for Villa’s first season in red and white, and if he chooses to stick around the Vicente Calderón, they will be paid €2 million in year two, and €1 million in year three.
The Blaugrana will retain 50 per cent of the player’s rights.
UPDATE: Villa, with wages included, will reportedly cost Atlético slightly over €10 million per year if he chooses to stay all three seasons he was offered.
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