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Chelsea are reportedly considering a move for Barcelona forward David Villa, who is understood to be unsettled at the Camp Nou. The 30-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Catalans after the Spanish international failed to secure a regular spot in Tito Vilanova's team, following his return from a lengthy layoff for a broken leg suffered last season.
La Roja's all-time top scorer was also involved in an argument with Lionel Messi during Barcelona's defeat to Celtic in the Champions League group game in midweek. The duo also had a furious row in a La Liga game against Granada in September and, according to the Daily Star, the situation has alerted Chelsea.
The report also claims that Barcelona, who are being linked with Atletico Madrid goal machine Radamel Falcao and Brazil sensation Neymar, are now willing to let Villa leave for the right price, before he slips further down the pecking order.
Chelsea themselves were also heavily linked with a move for Falcao but it is understood that the Blues are unwilling to increase their offer beyond £40m and are now turning their attention to the former Valencia star.
Di Matteo: Terry Not Guaranteed a Starting Berth
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has stated that Blues captain John Terry is no longer guaranteed a place in the team for every game.
Terry is available for selection for the weekend's match against Liverpool. The former England captain has completed a four-match ban imposed by the FA after he was found guilty of racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand in a Premier League game around a year ago.
"JT is available for Sunday and is in a good position to be involved. But I don't think anyone is guaranteed a starting place. They all have to work and be fighting for their place in the team. They are all international players and I have a lot of quality in there at a very high level," the Metro quoted the Italian tactician as saying.