Nou Camp boss keen on Emirates Stadium star.
Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola is reportedly considering launching a bid to sign Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie as he looks to replace Spanish international David Villa who suffered a season ending injury whilst taking part in the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.
The Nou Camp boss has earmarked a move for the prolific Dutchman and will may make an offer for the Gunners captain when the transfer window re-opens although a summer deal may be a more likely scenario that Guardiola will adopt. Prior to his foot injury David Villa has struggled with form this term and had netted just five goals in 15 La Liga appearances this season and the former Valencia man is now facing a struggle to be fit for the Euro 2012 finals in the summer.
Van Persie on the other hand has been scoring with alarming regularity but worryingly for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger the 28 year old is yet to enter talks to sign a new deal and now has less than 18 months to run on his current contract which had led to fears that he may be considering his options.
The former Feyenoord man is now in his eighth season at the North London club but has just one FA Cup success to show for his efforts and a number of sides are said to be keen on snapping up the Arsenal striker and now Barcelona are set to join the likes of Man City and Real Madrid in the chase for the talented Rotterdam born striker.
If Arsenal have not secured significant silverware by the summer, or at the very least retained their spot in the top four, then there is a very real chance that Van Persie will leave the club. Wenger watched as Samir Nasri ran down his contract to it’s last year and then felt he had no choice other than to accept Man City’s bid for the French international, Barcelona may well be looking to repeat the trick.
Indeed Van Persie has recently stated his admiration for the Catalan side by saying ‘I am still a lover of the beautiful game and always will be but I have become more realistic. It is too romantic to think that you can win matches by playing beautiful football alone. Barcelona are the exception – and I have to admit they and Arsenal are the only teams that I often watch on TV.’