Arsenal begin ‘formal talks’ with Barcelona to sign David Villa

By Stefano on January 28th, 2013 5 comments

Ok Arsenal fans. So you have endured a pretty rotten transfer window, but there are signs that it is about to get a whole lot better. If I were a betting man I’d put money on Mohamed Diame being an Arsenal player in the next 48 hours.

But even more exciting is the news, which has been reported by Goal, that Arsenal have opened formal talks with Barcelona to sign David Villa.

Goal says

The Gunners’ contract negotiator Dicky Law has been in Spain to negotiate the transfer of the country’s all-time leading goalscorer and Arsenal are increasingly hopeful they can push through what would be a sensational deal in the last days of the window.

The club are reluctant to let the player go, but it appears that Villa has set his heart on leaving Catalonia and that Arsenal are his preferred destination.

The rumour is that Arsenal will fork out £13.8 million to sign him on a permanent deal and match his current £110,000-a-week wages.

The interesting part is that Arsenal may hold a lot of the ace cards as Barcelona owe them money for both Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song.

So Arsenal fans would the arrival of Villa be some recompense for all the players (Petit, Overmars, Henry, Hleb, Fabregas and Song) who have moved to Spain over the years?

And is Villa finally a replacement for Robin Van Persie?

Or is Wenger about to cough up a lot of cash for a player who is past his best, will be dogged by injuries and might not suit the way the Gunners play?

What do you think?

UPDATE – Sky are saying that Arsenal have denied that the talks are taking place. This one is going to the wire…

Great post here on how Arsenal denied interest in both Arteta and Cazorla

 

  • http://twitter.com/danodinho Daniel Burke

    Can’t see this happening. 110k p/w for  31 year old just back from a broken leg..not very wenger like

  • Brandish

     I know what you mean, but I don’t think it would have got this far if Wenger wasn’t serious

  • Yawn

    Goal.com are about as reliable fox on a chicken farm saying he’s just walking by.  
    It’s utter bollocks. NO representatives are in Barcelona.  Reps DON’T go abroad to sign a player, its all done on phone/skype.  Only the player travels – or a manger to talk/see the player.

  • http://twitter.com/danodinho Daniel Burke

    yea but who says its got this far? we’ve been “this far” with tons of class players but somehow we never end up with them..and then we hear anecdotes of how we almost signed them like the ronaldo story

  • Drever47

    I said it was bollocks – here’s the proof!

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11661/8451329?




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