Chelsea outbid Spaniards for David Villa

Chelsea have trumped Real Madrid’s offer to Valencia for striker David Villa, and have also offered the player higher wages than the Bernabeu outfit, however, that is unlikely to tempt him to England. Villa looks all but certain to leave the Mestalla this summer, with the La Liga side struggling with mounting debts and failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Manchester City, Barcelona and Arsenal have all also been linked with the striker in recent months. Writing on his official website, Spanish football pundit Guilleme Balague claimed: “Chelsea have made a €45 million bid for David Villa in an attempt to beat Real Madrid to the Valencia striker’s signature.” Unfortunately for Chelsea, Balague doesn't believe this will be enough to tempt the striker to west London: “Despite the fact that they have out-bid their rivals in Madrid and that they are prepared to offer Villa a considerably higher salary, Chelsea are aware that it appears David Villa has already decided upon a move to the Bernabeu.” Although Balague suggested Real Madrid are favourites to sign the Euro 2008 top scorer, he admitted all was not lost for the London club quite yet. He added: “There is a glimmer of hope for Chelsea: Real Madrid are not prepared to pay more than €36 million to Valencia (no more than €40 million for the whole package including add-ons) and they have let it be known that if Valencia hold out for more money, then Madrid will turn their attention to Diego Forlan, this season’s top goalscorer in La Liga.” Having also been linked with Alexandre Pato and Sergio Aguero, Chelsea's search for striking reinforcements continues.