Manchester United target 45m David Villa
Villa, the Spain striker, is expected to leave Valencia this summer due to crippling financial problems at the Mestalla. And the Mirror claims Ferguson hopes to spend a large chunk of the £80 million United will receive for Ronaldo on Villa, the leading scorer at Euro 2008. Should United land Villa, the fee would break the British transfer record set when Robinho moved to Manchester City last summer. However, United will face fierce competition from Madrid, who announced last week that Villa would join Kaka and Ronaldo at the Bernabeu. Chelsea had been monitoring Villa's situation at Valencia, with the Spanish club under pressure to strip their prized assets as they lumber under debts of around £400 million, but the former Sporting Gijon forward has always made clear his preference for staying in Spain. Valencia are thought to have turned down an inquiry from Chelsea for the striker last week.
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