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Valencia's Villa set for £60m Man City move?

December 9, 2008
By Soccernet staff

Valencia striker David Villa could be in line for a £60 million move to Manchester City following reports that the Spanish international's agent has held meetings with the Eastlands club.

EmpicsDavid Villa: £60 million transfer target.

The Sun reports that Jose Luis Tamargo, Villa's agent, met City representatives on Monday to discuss a five-year contract worth £150,000-a-week.

The 27-year-old was top scorer at Euro 2008 despite missing the final, Spain's crowning glory, through injury. So far this season Villa has scored 12 goals in 14 league games helping Valencia to third in the Spanish standings.

With Valencia struggling financially, the La Liga outfit could be forced to accept a big money bid from City who are newly rich following September's takeover by the Abu Dhabi United Group.

Meanwhile, The Sun also reports that City boss Mark Hughes could be prepared to quit the City of Manchester Stadium if the club's Abu Dhabi-based owners interfere with team selection and tactics.

Reports claim that Hughes has underlined his frustrations to chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak after pressure was exerted on the manager over how best to deploy Robinho, last summer's £32.5 million landmark signing.

It is understood that the club's benefactors would like to see Robinho granted a free role in the hope that it will allow the Brazilian the chance to score more goals. Of late Hughes has deployed Robinho on the left side of a five-man midfield.