Photo: Rafa Benitez
Chelsea coach Rafa Benitez plans to make an offer to FC Barcelona next month for forward David Villa in an effort to bolster the London club’s roster, The Daily Mirror reported Wednesday.
Benitez could offer Barça 12 million pounds (about $19.3 million) for the player, who is getting less playing time than he wants in the wake of a leg injury last season.
Chelsea, which is looking for a player to complement Fernando Torres, is willing to make an offer that Barcelona cannot turn down after the Spanish club said it would not do any deals in January, the newspaper said.
Liverpool and Arsenal are also interested in the 31-year-old Villa, for whom Barça paid about 40 million euros ($52.8 million) in 2010, The Daily Mirror said.