In the latest twist in the transfer saga surrounding Barcelona striker, David Villa, the Barcelona Vice-President has moved to suggest they would be willing to let him go, but only if the conditions are right.
Bartomeu claims they want to hold on to Spain’s all-time top-goalscorer for next season, but insist this will not be the case if the player is “uncomfortable”.
According to talkSPORT, the vice-president told BTV that: “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.”
With Arsenal’s latest financial results, and a reported £70m to spend, Villa could provide the experience and quality upfront that Arsenal have lacked too often this season for a figure of £14m – which the Sun claim would be accepted.
One concern may be his age, at 31 he’s not someone who could be filling that position long-term, but he can still bring a huge amount to the team and squad and is showing no signs of slowing up so far. Perhaps his past, long-term injuries have helped to preserve him somewhat.