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Villa-Barca Transfer Under Investigation

  • ESPN FC, Wednesday, March 19, 2014 3:14 PM
Some 10 million euros (nearly $14 million) went missing following the transfer of former Valencia striker David Villa to Barcelona for 40 million euros ($55.6 million) in 2010, according to reports in Spain, and now a judicial investigation has been opened into possible problems with the transfer. The case is similar to the ongoing investigation into the transfer of Brazil international Neymar to Barcelona from Santos last summer in the sense that it was brought to the court’s attention by a disgruntled shareholder. However, this time, the digruntled shareholder is on the Valencia side, and focused on what the club did with the money after the deal.

Separately, Villa, who now plays for Atletico Madrid, is reportedly a transfer target of several MLS clubs, according to Marca. Villa’s contract is up in June and though the report claims he wants to stay at the Vicente Calderon, he may choose to move to the U.S. if that is not an option.

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