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Arsenal Close In On £16m Barcelona Striker Signing as David Villa Demands Gunners Switch

by The Newshound

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David Villa is ready to ask Barcelona to grant him a January move to Arsenal.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed Arsene Wenger’s interest in the Spain striker last month and talks between both clubs are ongoing.

Sources close to the deal claim Villa is very keen on a move to the Emirates Stadium during the transfer window and wants to speak with the north London club.

And it is believed Villa will make a personal request to Barca’s hierarchy to accelerate a move to the Premier League.
Barcelona are resisting attempts from various European clubs to loan Villa, insisting they will only consider a permanent switch.

Barca have told their Arsenal counterparts that only a £16million offer will be enough to prise Villa away but they are expecting a formal bid.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

Arsene Wenger has reportedly launched a formal bid for 31 year old striker David Villa and will partially fund his January additions by conducting a mini clear-out that has already seen Marouane Chamakh loaned out to West Ham and will almost certainly see Johan Djourou leave for Bundesliga side Hannover.

Another feather in the cap that may help to secure the signing of the experienced Spanish international relates to the Catalan club’s summer signing of Gunners enforcer Alex Song. By all accounts Barcelona also still owe Arsenal money from the £15m transfer and this could well lessen the financial implications of a move for Villa.

David Villa is something of a bit-part player at the Nou Camp, vying with Alexis Sanchez, Pedro and Cristian Tello for a role supporting Argentine Lionel Messi in the Barcelona attack.

Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova is very much a manager who is planning for the long term, similar in many ways to the manner in which Arsene Wenger is continually looking to trust to youth, and therefore could be ready to listen to significant offers for the former Valencia man.

Villa hasn’t been as much of a success at Barcelona as many would have predicted. The former Valencia man arrived at a time when he was very much considered as one of the most feared forwards in European football but injury concerns and a somewhat average start to his Barcelona career have affected Asturias born forward.

That said David Villa’s return of 40 goals from 91 appearances is not be sniffed at and Wenger, not usually one to consider signing players in the latter stages of their careers, is keen to bring in the Spaniard to boost an attack that currently relies on Olivier Giroud and winger turned striker Theo Walcott.

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