Reports are starting to surface in Spain and Italy that Juventus and Barcelona are talking about a January loan deal for David Villa.
Juventus have been looking for a top striker since the summer and it looks like they have failed to sign former Chelsea star Didier Drogba. The Italian champions have also been linked with a deal for Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente who is out of contract this summer. But that deal is expected to take place this summer and not in January.
According to Sky Sport Italia, talks have begun between Juve and Barcelona about bringing the World Cup winner to Italy on a six-month loan deal.
Villa has not found his form since returning from eight months out with a fractured tibia and is not a favorite of Barca coach Tito Vilanova.
Vilanova prefers the combination of Sanchez, Messi and Pedro up-front and as a result Villa is watching most games from the bench. Something he is not happy with.
The thought process being that loaning Villa to Juve for six months would give him such much needed playing time, and also showcase him in case Barcelona decided to sell him next summer.
The only potential problem with the transfer is that Villa would not be available to play in the Champions League, but if he can play and score in every other game, I don’t see that as being an deal breaker.