The agent of Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan has denied holding talks with Barcelona over a move for the player this summer, revealing that the Catalans want Valencia forward David Villa instead. The Uruguayan front-man netted just 10 league goals in 63 appearances in a frustrating two-and-a-half years with Manchester United from 2002-04.
However, since leaving Old Trafford the 30-year-old has re-established himself as one of the most lethal forwards in la Liga, netting 54 league goals in 104 outings for Villarreal and a further 48 in 69 for present club Atletico Madrid.
His 32 league goals for the rojiblancos in 2008/09 earned him both the Pichichi trophy as top-scorer in la Liga, as well as the Golden Shoe for being the deadliest marksman in Europe - trophies he also picked up as a Villarreal player.
And as a result, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid and Barcelona have been linked with a move for the talisman. However, Forlan's representative, Daniel Bolotnicoff, has denied that the striker is set for a switch to the Camp Nou during the close-season, despite admitting he was recently in Catalunya. "I was there for personal reasons, but if you all think that I came to speak to Barcelona then you know more than me," he told Sport. "They are trying to find a way to sign [Villa]. NEWS: Forlan agent dismisses transfer talk NEWS: Forlan crazy for Barcelona move NEWS: Forlan scoops second Golden Shoe gong NEWS: Forlan hints at Premier League return NEWS: Atletico dismiss Forlan City switch rumours