Last summer it was very much the other way around, but are Liverpool about to give Tottenham Hotspur a taste of their own medicine and gazump the north Londoners in their bid to sign Barcelona forward David Villa?
It is thought that Villa, who has struck 48 goals in 116 games for Barcelona since his £32 million move from Valencia three years ago, is now surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou following the Catalans’ purchase of Brazilian star Neymar earlier this summer.
Tottenham appeared to be at the front of the queue to sign the 31-year-old, with one Spanish newspaper even suggesting last week that a fee between the clubs had been agreed.
But fresh reports in Spain suggest that Liverpool could yet rival Spurs in the race to land Villa, allowing Reds boss Brendan Rodgers to get one over on his opposite number Andre Villas-Boas after Tottenham pipped the Anfield club to the signing of both Gylfi Sigurdsson and Clint Demspey in the last summer transfer window.
Yet bwin don’t believe that will be the case, because it is as short as 3/10 that Villa is playing at White Hart Lane next season, with Liverpool a distant 12/1 shot, primarily because much of the Merseysiders’ spending depends on the future of Luis Suarez, who is agitating for a move away.
Nevertheless, new customers using their free £20 bet to back the Reds to sign Spain’s all-time leading scorer would pocket winnings of £260 if the coup is pulled off.
Spurs’ north London rivals Arsenal, who look set to capture another La Liga star in the form of Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, are 7/1 to sign Villa, with Atletico Madrid 11/1 to replace the Monaco-bound Radamel Falcao with the ex-Valencia hitman.
It is 8/5 that Villa stays at Barcelona until January at the earliest and 25/1 he signs for other clubs.