According to Goal.com, Arsenal’s move for David Villa is all but dead as the Gunners contract negotiator Dick Law is reportedly in Spain opening formal talks with Barcelona.
The transfer window closing date is fast approaching with only three more days left and yet there are no new signings for the Gunners to boast as Wenger looks to leave his business to the last minute.
But Spain’s all time leading goalscorer may be back on the cards as Wenger looks to bring in a star name to the front line to compete with Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott. Reports have been heating up once again over Villa’s willingness to leave the Catalan giants in pursuit of regular game time, with Spanish sources going as far as saying he is “very keen” to join Arsenal.
The report cited a possible £13.8 million transfer fee for the 31-year-old while matching his current £110,000-a-week wages.
Although Barcelona reportedly owe the Gunners payments for the purchases of Alex Song and Cesc Fabregas, it seems bizarre that Villa would even want to leave a side that is top of La Liga and has a genuine shot at Champions League glory especially as he played the entire 90 minutes in Barcelona’s 5-1 win over Osasuna over the weekend.
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The only possible scenario is the striker wants regular 90 minutes in order to keep his place in the Spanish national side with the World Cup only a year and a half away. Sunday’s outing for Barca was his only full ninety since November, but he seems an integral member of the squad and Vilanova will be very reluctant to sell the forward. A move in the summer is more on the cards rather than this month.
So the conclusion? Not going to happen. Despite the continuous speculation, Arsenal will not be signing Villa and perhaps Dick Law is sussing a new Cesc Fabregas from their illustrious academy – a far more believable situation.