Are you a top European team looking for help at the forward positions? Were you hoping to make a January swoop for Barcelona's David Villa, currently out of favor with the Catalan side?
Well guess what, folks? If you said "yes" to both of those questions, I'm afraid you are totally out of luck. See, Barcelona isn't going to be selling him this January.
Arsenal was one of those clubs and were rumored to be ramping up interest for the Spanish striker after another target of the team, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, decided to sign an extension with Schalke. And now it looks like the Gunners will miss out on Villa too.
But Villa will not be heading to the Emirates, according to Barcelona director of football Andoni Zubizarreta. He said: "In January we will keep Villa.
"It is important to remember that Barcelona is a club that habitually does not accept offers for star players in January."
Before breaking his leg in 2011 and missing much of the season, Villa was one of the most feared goal scorers in the world, with four consecutive seasons of at least 18 goals in La Liga play and eight consecutive years of 15 goals scored in the Spanish top division.
Villa has made 20 appearances this year for the Catalans, but 10 of those have been as substitutions, leading some folks to believe he could be had as a transfer target this January.
And why not take a shot?
In those 20 appearances, Villa has scored eight goals and an assist. He's still got it.
But Barcelona isn't willing to let him go, and you can't blame the side for wanting to keep him around. He's got to be one of the top super-subs in the world when Barca needs a late-game goal, and outside of Lionel Messi, he's really the only pure goal scorer the Catalans have on roster.
Take him away, and Barcelona doesn't have a clinical finisher when Messi needs a breather. (Yes, he's human and needs a break sometimes.)
And yes, while players like Cesc Fabregas and Adriano have a scoring touch, but they aren't snipers on the level of Villa and Messi.
So sorry, Arsenal, and any other teams eyeing up Mr. Villa—he's staying in Barcelona for the time being. Go bark up another tree.
This goal scorer is staying put.
Hit me up on Twitter—my tweets are ready to suit up at striker for the Gunners.
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