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Arsenal Close In On World Class Striker Signing as Barcelona Allow David Villa to Complete Move

Emirates Stadium side given green light to land experienced Spanish international.

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Barcelona will allow striker David Villa to leave the Nou Camp this summer according to talkSPORT.

The 31 year old Spanish international will not be kept by the Catalan club if he chooses to leave and with Arsenal known to be keen on the former Valencia man it would appear that Arsene Wenger may well be closing in on the experienced marksman.

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Villa has struggled to retain a spot in Tito Vilanova’s first team, despite being far more prolific than those who are ahead of him in the Barcelona pecking order, having netted 12 goals to Alexis Sanchez’s tally of just four and Pedro’s seven goal return.

Arsenal attempted to land Villa in last month’s transfer window but may find it easier to secure a deal come the summer when the Barcelona man has just a year to run on his current contract. This situation may well leave the La Liga giants ready to cash in on a player they spent £33m in the summer of 2010.

Arsenal are expected to re-ignite their interest in Villa, with Wenger set to be handed a £70m transfer warchest.

Nou Camp chief Bartomeu said Villa will be allowed to leave if he wants to.

In an interview with BTV, he said: “The coaches hope he is here next season but we will not retain any player that is uncomfortable. In that case, we will talk to him to seek a solution.”

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