There have been rumours and reports that Arsenal have spoken to Barcelona about the transfer of their 31-year old striker. Apparently Arsenal have offered around £14 million for the Spanish international, which should be enough to persuade the Catalan giants to sell, as they are bringing through the young players Pedro, Tello and Alexis. They also have a certain Lionel Messi who seems to have hit a bit of form.
It seemed like the one thing that might stop the transfer going through was the wishes of Villa himself. He is clearly unhappy at his lack of time on the pitch and, despite Tito Vilanova stating that he was important to the club, Villa has decided that he cannot spend the last years of his fantastic career on the bench.
Some websites have reported today that Villa has requested that the transfer to Arsenal be allowed, but a new player may have entered the fray. ElMundoDeportivo reports today that Athletico Madrid have identified Villa as the man they want to replace Radamel Falcao. They are resigned to losing the Colombian striker, either now or in the summer, and need a proven goal scorer to replace him.
The Madrid club are hoping to persuade Villa that it would be better for him and his family to remain in Spain. They are currently second in the Primera Liga table, seven points ahead of Real Madrid. That means that they could probably offer Villa champions league football next season. There is a good relationship between the two clubs which could help to facilitate the deal, but Villa may prefer a bigger club, which Arsenal certainly are. He may also not want to wait until the summer to make his move.