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Barca sells David Villa to Atletico
Madrid, July 09, 2013
First Published: 01:34 IST(9/7/2013)
Last Updated: 01:36 IST(9/7/2013)

Atletico Madrid has reached a deal with Barcelona to sign Spain striker David Villa, boosting its attacking options after losing leading scorer Radamel Falcao. Barcelona said on Monday that the deal is worth up to 5.1 million euros, with 2.1 million euros due this season.

Villa has scored 48 goals for Barcelona in 119 games since joining in 2010, but was likely to see his playing time diminish with the arrival of Brazil star Neymar. Falcao helped Atletico win the Copa del Rey and finish third in the Spanish league last season — clinching a spot in the Champions League — before being lured away by big-spending Monaco.

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