The twists and turns and general musical chairs of football transfers continued on Monday when it was announced Barcelona have reached an agreement to sell Spain striker David Villa to Atletico Madrid.
It’s been reported that Spain’s all-time leading scorer will move for a fee of up to 5.1 million euros with Barca reserving 50 percent of the rights over any future transfer of the 31-year-old.
Barcelona continued their late spring clean by selling former France defender Eric Abidal to big-spending Monaco on a one-year deal.
Abidal – who won 61 caps for his country – returns to the club where he began his professional career 13 years ago after his contract with the Spanish champions was not renewed this summer.
Bayern Munich’s prolific goal scorer Mario Gomez will leave the Bavarians and join Serie A’s Fiorentina next season after the two clubs agreed terms for the 28-year-old.
Despite his goal scoring record Gomez suffered a frustrating season last term losing his first team spot to Mario Mandzukic.