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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-07-08

David Villa is set to move from Barcelona to Atletico Madrid after the clubs agreed to a deal worth up to 5.1 million euros for the 31-year-old striker, Barcelona said in a statement on Monday.

Barcelona have agreed to sell striker David Villa to La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid, the Catalan club announced Monday, subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical.

Atletico will pay 2.1 million euros up front for the 31-year-old Spain international, a fee that will rise to a maximum of 5.1 million euros over the next three seasons should Villa remain with the Madrid club.

The deal also gives Barca the right to 50 per cent of any sell on fee in the future, the club said in a statement.

Villa has played 119 times for Barcelona since moving from Valencia in a 40 million euro deal in 2010, scoring a total of 48 goals in all competitions for the Catalans. He is also the Spanish national side's all-time leading scorer, having netted goals 56 times for his country.

However, he struggled to hold down a regular first team place at the Camp Nou last season and has been linked with moves to numerous clubs in recent months.

Villa will fill the void left at Atletico by Colombian striker Radamel Falcao's transfer to Monaco, announced in May.

One of his first games for Atletico could be against Barca in the forthcoming Spanish Super Cup, contested by the previous season’s league and cup winners.

Villa began his career at Sporting Gijon before moving on to Real Zaragoza and then Valencia in 2005.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

Date created : 2013-07-08


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