Villa and Silva up for sale?

Spanish duo David Villa and David Silva, both heavily linked with moves to Liverpool in the past and particularly last summer, may be available after Valencia’s new chief executive Javier Gomez admitted the club’s precarious financial state.

Valencia reportedly have an unpaid wage bill of €15 million and Gomez admits they consider selling their two star players, he said;

“Selling Silva and Villa? Obviously we will consider that type of action. We have to control costs, and the biggest cost in a football club is maintaining a team.”

Some reports suggest Valencia have a total debt of €450m, they have also stopped construction work on their new stadium. Gomez said;

“The club is in a very delicate situation. It has to control spending, grow income and sell assets.

Before, we had a plan that was based purely on selling the land, now we need to seek alternatives. We need to win back credibility with the financial institutions.”

Midfielder Silva is under contract at Los Che until 2014, and striker Villa until 2013. Villa in particular was heavily linked with a move to Anfield and teaming up with Fernando Torres after the two of them fired Spain to European Championship glory last summer.

TIA Comment: Obviously neither player would come cheap, but we need to buy quality in the right areas to improve the squad; either of the David’s would provide this. I would argue that the £36m spent on Dossena, Riera and Keane last summer would have been better spent on Villa, or Silva, alone.

While Villa is the one most fans think of, I personally would prefer Silva as he provides the attacking quality from midfield and provide the creativity we desperately require. He would fit into the 4231 formation much better than Villa. A trio of Silva, Gerrard and Kuyt behind Torres would offer a perfect mix.