Manchester City are reported to be planning a 100million euro bid for Spain striker David Villa. The offer would activate a release clause in the Valencia player's contract and be almost double the £34million paid for Brazilian playmaker Robinho.
City's Middle Eastern owners are again looking to flex their financial muscle after failing to steal Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov under the noses of Manchester United.
Villa signed a new contract with Valencia and is reported to be looking for a move to Real Madrid. But it will be interesting to see if he will be tempted by City's new found wealth.