FC Barcelona Sells David Villa to Atletico de Madrid
Tito Vilanova's team ran away with La Liga as they racked up 100 points to equal Real Madrid's record from the previous campaign and also reached the semi-finals of both the Copa del Rey and the Champions League.
However, Barca was defeated by Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals despite Lionel Messi's incredible goalscoring stats.
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In a three-year contract, Barcelona have agreed to sell Spain international, David Villa, to Atletico de Madrid for €5.1 million, subject to Villa passing a medical.
The Blaugrana directors have agreed that Athletico will pay an initial €2.1 million, two more million next summer and a one more million the following summer if El Guaje stays until the end of the 2015-16 season.
In addition, Atletico will have to pay Barca 50 percent of the transfer fee if Villa leaves the Vicente Calderon before the end of his three-year contract.
Rumor has it that it is shocking that Barca president Sandro Rosell and his board of directors accepted a low offer for the best goal scorer in the history of the Spanish national team who was bought for €40 million from Valencia jthree seasons ago.
Reportedly the Catalan giants need to raise money in order to afford the signing of a new central defender.
During the 2013 summer transfer window, James Rodriguez went to Monaco (€45 million), Mario Gomez to Fiorentina (€20 million) Ricky van Wolfswinkel to Norwich (€10 million), and David Villa to Athletico (€5.1 million).
Real Madrid rejected a €27 million offer from Arsenal for striker Gonzalo Higuain.
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