Arsenal Agree £12m Pre-Contract Deal With Barcelona for Striker David Villa According to Spanish Reports

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Though some reports has suggested that the chances of Barcelona striker moving to Arsenal had passed Spanish source AS claim that a €15m (£12m) pre-contract deal is in place that could see the 31 year old striker move to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger has been interested in the experienced striker in January but having failed to bring in the World Cup winner it had appeared as though the Arsenal boss would then switch to more long term options to beef up his attack but this source suggests that the Gunners boss is still very much interested in the former Valencia man.

Villa is a bit part player at the Nou Camp, falling down the pecking order under Vilanova, where even off-form Chilean Alexis Sanchez sees more playing time, this despite the fact that when called upon the Spaniard has been very effective, scoring 14 goals in all competitions thus far this season despite being handed just 22 starts.

Wenger may well be keen on strengthening his attack with neither Olivier Giroud or Lukas Podolski scoring all that regularly.

David Villa’s Barcelona career has never really taken off with the £33m signing suffering with serious injury concerns whilst continually fighting for a spot supporting Lionel Messi in the starting eleven.

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