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Cash-strapped Barcelona offer £40M Villa to Chelsea, Man City

Barcelona are prepared to sell star striker David Villa to fund their summer market plans. The Sunday Mirror says Barcelona are preparing to offer Villa to Manchester City and Chelsea for £40million.

The Catalan giants have ­reluctantly accepted that they will have to ­sacrifice their World Cup-winning striker to help fund a £91m triple summer swoop for Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas, Udinese winger ­Alexis Sanchez and Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi.

A source revealed: "Guardiola has a list of players he is ­prepared to move on to give him more spending power in the transfer market, but Villa is definitely not on that list.

"Ideally, he wants to keep Villa - especially after the impact he made in his first campaign with Barca. He sees David as a big player as his side push for more trophies next season.

"But he also knows that he may have to sacrifice Villa to finance incoming deals. And Manchester City and Chelsea would be very happy to buy Villa."

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