David Villa has emerged as a shock transfer target for the new MLS franchise New York City FC and the Spaniard could be set to leave Atletico Madrid this summer.
Reports in Spain suggest he is close to agreeing a three-year contract with the New York City side who share the same owners as English Premier League club Manchester City.
Former director of Barcelona, Txiki Begiristain now of Manchester City, persuaded David Villa to leave Valencia and join the Catalan giants in 2010, and will be a huge influence on him joining the New York club.
Having won Liga BBVA again with current club Atletico Madrid, he could be set for a fresh challenge and a move to America could be just that.
Villa would surely be a designated player as New York City FC look to take the MLS by storm in their debut season next year.
The 32-year-old, who has 224 La Liga goals to his name, would be a huge coup for New York City and MLS.
The new franchise have also been linked with Villa’s Spanish compatriot Xavi, with New York City prepared to offer him a lucrative three-year contract as well.
Will David Villa make the move to MLS?