Valencia stick 120m price tag on Manchester City target Villa

According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester City have been told by Valencia that David Villa is going to cost them the princely sum of £120m.

It’s been a few years since I’ve been in a math class, but judging by my calculations, that’s just a shade above the £52m that City were reportedly set to sign him for a couple of weeks ago.

Now, I know City want to bring in a world-class player or two in January, but I’d like to think that they wouldn’t go and fork out more than two and a half times the current world transfer record on one player (well, an attainable target, at least) at this point.

Valencia do need a little financial help, but unless they were able to sell Villa for a fee that’d net them the necessary funds to keep the squad into contention for the UEFA Cup crown and making a run at a Champions League place, and still have some left over to help the club’s financial security, then there’s no reason for them to shoot low.

I’m sure their representatives were having a laugh when this number was mentioned, but on a more serious note, when you factor in his importance to their ambitions and how big of a hit they could take by selling him, then maybe there’s a reason why they’ve got his valuation so high. Too high? Well, it won’t surprise me if City (or someone else) spends that much on a player in the future, but I don’t know if it’ll be on this particular one.

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  1. Andy 20 December, 2008