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Barcelona close to rattling Real Madrid with Villa deal

Barcelona are £8 million away from trumping Real Madrid for David Villa. El Mundo Deportivo says Barca have intensified negotiations for the Valencia striker in the last 24 hours after slapping in a bid of £32 million.

Valencia won't sell for less than £40 million, which is £1.5 million more than what is on the table from Chelsea.

Real Madrid have pulled out after refusing to meet Valencia's new asking price. Los Che directors are also happy to talk with Barca after feeling bullied by Real during negotiations.

In another shock development for Real, Barca are also keen on Valencia winger Juan Mata.

Mata has broken into Vicente del Bosque's Spain squad since moving to Valencia - from Real Madrid - and is in Barca's sights as an alternative to Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery.

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