Arsenal Transfer News: Arsenal Increase Chase for David Villa

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIJanuary 5, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 05:  David Villa of FC Barcelona shoots towards goal during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between FC Barcelona and SL Benfica at Nou Camp on December 5, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Arsenal are increasing their chase for Barcelona striker David Villa over the winter transfer window, according to latest reports.

The 31-year-old has been a topic of much speculation this January, with a move away from the Nou Camp seemingly imminent for the Spanish international.

The North London club have been linked with Villa for some time now and, according to reports in various media outlets, are starting to get somewhere in their chase for the striker—potentially even leading to a deal sometime this January.

First, the report from the The Daily Mirror:

Arsene Wenger is ready to use cash generated by Arsenal's winter clear-out to fund a January push to sign Barcelona striker David Villa.

The Spain international, 31, is believed to fancy a move to the Premier League, with Barca likely to accept offers of around £ 15million.

Sources in Spain believe a bid may be coming, and they are willing to do business.

The report goes on to suggest that the Gunners will have enough money to finance the sale of Villa given the clear-out they're appearing to embark on.

Marouane Chamakh has been sent on a season-long loan to West Ham, and Sebastien Squillaci is set to follow with a departure from the club also. Throw in possible transfers for both Andrey Arshavin and defender Johan Djourou, and the Gunners could very well be paving the way for a possible Villa deal.

That information would support reports emerging from other media outlets.

The news coming out of states that Arsene Wenger has actually already made a formal offer for Villa—a bid of around £14 million for the striker and a salary that would match his current €136,000 per-week wages.

Villa would no doubt be a great complement to the Gunners attack, especially given his relationship with Spanish international teammate Santi Cazorla. The midfield maestro has been superb in the opening half of the season for Arsenal, and with a new presence ahead of him in attack would no doubt continue to thrive in the back half of the year also.

The Emirates would be a great fit for Villa should Barca be willing to depart ways with the 31-year-old. In fact, The Daily Mail even suggested earlier this week that the striker would make a personal plea to the club to let him leave for Arsenal.

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...

Wenger has again played down suggestions that he is set to spend money this summer—perhaps trying to throw people off the rumor scent of a Villa transfer.

After all, he did play down the suggestion that Robin van Persie would leave the club over the summer transfer window—only for that to turn out a little different.

Could the same thing be happening with Villa here—a name that is almost synonymous with Spanish football itself? Perhaps.

I guess we'll find out soon enough.


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