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David Villa could be available at the end of the season for a knockdown price of £10million, with Liverpool reported to be finally ready to bring him to England.
The striker has fallen down the pecking order of Tito Vilanova's Barcelona, and Spanish paper AS claim the Reds could launch a bid for the 31-year-old in the summer.
Barca have ruled out selling Villa in the January transfer window, and Liverpool are unlikely to be able to splash that kind of cash in the new year, but if the Spanish giants complete the signing of Neymar at the end of the season, that would appear to leave little room for the former Valencia man at the Nou Camp.
Villa is already being overlooked for big games, and it's understood he has become despondent with his place in the team, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Pedro, Alexis Sanchez and Crisitan Tello all ahead of him in Vilanova's thoughts.
The Spain international's contract expires in 2014, and a cut-price deal could appeal to both Liverpool and the player, who has always been strongly linked to the Anfield club.