Barcelona striker David Villa wants to join Arsenal in the summer, according to reports in the British media.
The Sun says that the the 31-year-old forward hopes to leave Camp Nou at the end of the current campaign and sign for the north London club.
Arsene Wenger failed in an attempt to bring the Spain international to the Emirate Stadium last month, but with his contract running out in June 2014, the Gunners are confident they can secure the former Valencia man’s services for around €16m.
Villa is keen to leave the Blaugrana having found himself on the fringes of the first team under Tito Vilanova, despite scoring 10 goals in 15 starts. And with news that Brazilian goalscorer Neymar is to join Barca in July, he sees the Premier League club as an ideal place to reignite his career.
This move makes a lot more sense than the ones saying that Villa would move in January. Barcelona are chasing another treble and did not want to sell Villa in January in case on of their other forwards gets injured.
Plus Villa’s wife just gave birth last month, making a move problematic.
Arsenal will have an advantage over Man City who will also be linked with Villa, as Barca still own the Gunners money over the Cesc and Song deals.
It would not be a bad forward line next season, with Walcott, Giroud and Villa!
Now if Wenger can just focus on getting in a couple of top defenders!