Barcelona will sell Villa to Arsenal but he will cost £17m!

The Spanish international striker and Arsenal transfer target David Villa is not having much luck this season at Barcelona. After finally returning from a serious leg break which kept him out of the team for almost a year, Villa found himself struggling to force his way into the starting line up due to the progress of Tello, Pedro and Alexis Sanchez along with the super scoring form of Lionel Messi. After a number of substitute appearances and some good cameo performances, he had proved his fitness and was getting a run in the Spanish cup when he tweaked his thigh.

Then came the transfer window saga in which he wanted Barcelona to allow a transfer to the Gunners, but the Spanish club held firm, insisting that he would be a feature of the team for the rest of the season. He played, and played well in last weekend’s 6-1 demolition of Getafe, scoring a goal and setting one up, but will miss the game against Granada this weekend after being admitted to hospital with severe pain, apparently caused by the formation of kidney stones. There is no word of how long the striker will be out of action, but he could miss some crucial games, with a champions league tie against AC Milan and two games against Real Madrid coming up.

Villa is ready to move on, and the club have agreed to let him go in the summer, according to ElMundoDeportivo, but they will not make it easy. Anyone wanting to sign the 32-year old will have to cough up £17 million, which is crazy money for a player of his age with just a year left on his contract. That to me seems designed to put off potential buyers, and I doubt whether Villa is happy about the whole thing.

There are rumours that Barca will try to push through the transfer of the young Brazilian Neymar, and if they do they may become a lot more reasonable about Villa. If they don’t there is no way that Arsenal will meet their demands.

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88 thoughts on “Barcelona will sell Villa to Arsenal but he will cost £17m!

  1. Gunners4life

    We don’t need him, he’s too old and will probably only last 1 season. Jovetic please

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  2. WAISWA FRANCIS

    It will be crazy to buy such a player given his age and how injury prone he is even for much less coz he will pick high wages without much contribution to the club

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  3. Uche

    That’s code for, ‘We will rather have him rotting on our bench than wearing arsenal colours’. For that price, wenger will rather buy someone younger and less clinical but with huge potential of becoming the next David Villa with the right guidance. Barcelona is stupid. They will never have anybody buy villa for that price. I think they are just mad because we gave them hell when they wanted cesc and made them pay a lot of money eventually for a player who has been more of a squad member who is totally replaceable.

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  4. Reddb10

    If we spend more than 5 mill for a 31 year old then wenger and gazidis should both resign.
    Why dont we just get cazolra to put an Arsenal top on Villa and then get the whole team to make statements to the media on how they would like to play with him.
    after all its only fair we give barca a taste of their own medicine.

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  5. ELGY

    We shouldnt buy him because he is quite old and Wenger doesnt really like old people because they remind him of Alex purplenoseson and instead he could play laurent koscienly upfront because sometimes he once scored a few goals and is a nice guy and we could probably ask Francis Jeffers to come back because once he scored a header against Everton on the last day of the 2002 season and i was glad because he wasnt really a fox in the box at all.

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  6. Horliquegold

    Barca thinks they are wiser than wenger. David villa shud just remain in barca. We dont need him we giroud,walcot n poldi

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  7. Abu

    buy Gotze(Dortmund),Fischer(Ajax),Pato(Corintians)…this kind of players can realy help us…not old players how other teams doesn’t need them anymore.

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  8. gunner malaysia

    better sign other player than him, the price is unreasonable…

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  9. joel

    off topic:

    walcott will need to be down the middle against bayern- for 2 reasons- pace down the middle and will not get much space down the wings

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  10. ferro....

    Really cant see us going for him now, and proby just aswell we didnt sign him considering he wouldnt have hit the ground running due to being hopitalised.

    Used to love getting papers with transfer speculation some numbers of years back but it gets tiresome with the boatloads you get on the net.

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  11. Steve h

    barca are playing games with arsenal yet again. there’s no way in hell AW will pay 17mil for a 31 year old now injury prone player. he wont pay that for a fit youg 1

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  12. will share

    Barcelona are on crack….its impossible to be a gunner and love barca …when its el clasico I’m always with madrid like if you the same…

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  13. Arsenal1Again

    Yes, sometimes I see in Automart a car that is decades old and the owner wants silly sums of cash for it.

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  14. mudah

    You are late barca, may be QPR but not arsenal anymore..if striker that should be cavani, falcao, jovetic….etc

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  15. leo

    barca can keep him but they will have to sell him for less if he pushes for transfer as for arsenal there are many better players jovetic/soldado/negredo or lewandowski get one of them

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  16. leo

    bendikt howedes (contract ends next year) or amoerbita a exp gk victor valdes/begovic a cdm like diame a mf like marcos reus & a striker jovetic/lewandowski

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  17. budgie

    Too old, too expensive, too injury prone, lets use the money to purchase a world class defensive midfielder!

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  18. Fletch

    We don’t need him.. Better talent out there for that kinda money and much younger?

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  19. Ofir

    We should have never done business with these a**holes.
    Should have sold Fabregas to Madrid and tell Song to shut up and play (or bench him).

    Villa had been one of the world’s finest strikers, when the greedy Catalans set out to destroy his career.

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  20. REN

    Only one player I would like to see and that is Hummels,from Boroussia Dortmund, that player will be the rock in our defence that is missing and he also score’s plenty of goals coming from the back line,Villa would be a libility and a waste of good money,another player I would love Wenger to try is Chicorito,test Fergi with an offer, that is a player who is too good to be a fringe player so let’s try and snap him up..

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  21. Ofir

    @REN,

    Hummels would be a dream signing, but he’s not coming.
    Might as well wish for Messi to come.

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  22. Arsenal!!!!!!!!!!

    Honestly 5m for an injury prone 32 year old is a push let alone 17

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  23. yann

    Oh david, david david. You used to be so good. I actually reckon we shuld go for sanchez. As peddro & tello are hitting form.

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  24. Vlad

    I like David, he’s a quality player. But I have to say/agree with many others that we’re gonna be better of spending this money somewhere else. Bring in CB, LB, CDM, and maybe a substitute striker, and we should be able to compete for the title next year.

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  25. Neil

    No thanks. Sorry Barca, you missed the boat. 17m for a 31 (almost 32 by the time the season starts) year old with injury problems is too much.

    Of course, he is awesome but we need someone for more than one or two seasons. He seems to spend a lot of time on the treatment table nowadays. We’ve got enough of those.

    I would rather spend 25 million of El Sharaaway or 50m on Cavani.

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  26. Henry

    A bit of a joke really…the only thing is it’s not funny. I know times have changed over the last few years and of course everything has become more expensive but wasn’t Henry sold to Barca for 16mil?! So Villa being 3 years older, more injury prone and quite frankly not as good will cost us a mil more. No thanks, lets move on.

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  27. john 3:16

    I will NOT be satisfied until Fabianski, Mannone, Santos, Djourou, Squillaci, Denilson, Arshavin, Gervinho, Chamakh, Park and Bendtner have ALL left the club on a PERMANENT basis, not just on loan.

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  28. Neil

    Wenger should get on a plane and fly to Barca.

    They will think he’s coming to pay 17m for Villa.

    They will be cackling, like evil trolls when Wenger walks in.

    Barca will ask what he thinks of Villa for 17m.

    Wenger should climb on the table, take off his coat (after fighting with it for 10 minutes) pull down his pants and do a MASSIVE FART in their faces and leave.

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  29. ram

    middle finger for u barca.. they will defo come for Wilshere in future.. quote them 100 million.. even if they ditch that money also no prob.. Jack will show them middle finger for barca and fabregas..

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  30. George

    Howedes is a versatile Defender. Could be a welcome addition.

    There is also Amorebieta available on a free in the Summer.

    Diame, I do not want. He is not a CDM nor Arsenal quality.

    However, I have great confidence in our current team. I honestly beleive we can win the FA Cup and Champions League and nab third.

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  31. AFCEdwards

    Classic Tottenham, lending David Bentley to Blackburn just in time for him to be eligible to play us. They just can’t help their tiny little selves can they…

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  32. Doc

    Way too much money for him. 5 or 6 million tops.

    I hope we don’t have a reverse of the Cesc situation in that we don’t get the likes of Jovetic or a young class striker and Arsenal sitting Barca out on it, as we can buy another winger and put Podolski as CF if it doesn’t come off.

    But I dont really want to see us mess about like that, we need to buy 3 maybe 4 players as soon as and get the momentum up for next season. That way it will help keep our top players more settled.

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  33. annie

    Still you do not get it, I for one will not turn a world class player down, how often has Wenger brought potential good players and thats all they remain to be, talented just not what we expected. Also the young players that do become world class at Arsenal, eventually leave the club for the super rich clubs, a 32 year old player has at least another 4 years to give to the club. I dont think Villa will cost us 17 mill, that price will go down.

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  34. leo

    @youngold gunner good 2 see you 2 dude back from vaccation 2morrow’s game hope we can win it
    we need 2 clear the squad & hope usmanov takes over there is movement in the board room usmanov,dein & thierry henry all wants to join the board & kick the greed out (stan/ivan)

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  35. leo

    likely scenario in summer acc to spanish journalists are that cavani 2 madrid jovetic 2 city & benzema to arsenal is a possibility & hope wenger for once spend big on fellaini has 22m buyout clause

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  36. George

    @John

    Fabianski, Mannone (I think), Arshavin, Squallaci.

    Contracts run out this Summer. So that is 4 gone. But have faith in the current team please. Have faith and we will succeed.

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  37. KC

    Pass! He’s aging and his skills and pace are diminishing. I would consider it a reasonable deal for 5-8million, but 17million…? Not a chance!

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  38. Ddog

    @ Will share naa man, madrid a bunch of money hungry racists, that is a bit of a wild genralisation but you’ve got the ultras, who are a bunch of horrible racist C&^@S. and you’ve got there man cityesque type spending policies. I mean really Barca are the spanish version of arsenal and Madrdid are the spanish Man U/city. You cant hate on them just because there smart enough to purchase our own arsenal bread players which is annoying but still.

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  39. Tristan

    Rumour is rumour. Don’t be serious. In the end aw will buy him at under 5 mio and convince him take a pay cut.

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  40. gunnerscott

    his age, talent level, maturity, and razor sharp striking is perfect for arsenal, if he is part of 2 yrs that net trophies, its a great investment, he has yrs left, as he has been sitting for 2 seasons behind messi, perfect fit! he will help develop the kids, how can you all really bitch about this? if man utd bought him, you would bitch about that too,,,, if we spend money on a world class striker, i am freaking happy!

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  41. Viktor Diehard Gooner

    Old people are prone to diseases he may get a complication of kidney failure that will put us in hell and more so his football carrier is finished let him stay in barc and commit himself there

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  42. Sox

    Forget Villa would have been a good signing about 3 years ago but now too old and £17M as Jim Royal would say ‘My Arse !!!’ Get Wanyama to enforce the midfield. Superb performance the other night against Juventus.!!!

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  43. the truth

    hello Arsenal Fans, IM watching the Bayern M. Game And i think Jenkinson would never stop Rivery, he is just too fast and powerfull, i dont even think Sagna could be any better, i think the besto option coulb de play Sagna in the RB, and help him with some CDM, if not I feel we´re going to play with 10 players again.
    The good part is thAT Robben isnt playing, also gomez is injured, thats cool.
    Damn I just keep watching Rivery destroying that poor RB form Werder Bremen.

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  44. Thomas

    @Uche- Fabregas has started 26 games for Barcelona this season and only been a substitute 6 times. Hardly stats for a squad player

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  45. lewis

    As much as i would like it to happen. it will be the case that he is to old for his value and injuy proned past is just going to make things increasingly unlikely..

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  46. Twig

    I’d rather extend Squillaci’s contract than to splash out £17m bucks on crocked 32 year old. Let them keep him.

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  47. Moses

    Too much money. If we are going to spend 17m on a player, we could likely do better than David Villa, not necessarily from a talent point of view as he is a great player, but definitely from an age and durability standpoint.

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  48. mtawarira

    not even going to mention villa. Half time between bayern & wolfsburg & i must say, im not convinced they’d out gun us if we’r in the mood. Key is to contain ribery & im confident Le Bac can do that. Lahm wont be doin much roaming coz lets face it, no team in the world ryt now would want theo racing @ their goal in the form he’s in. Santi, Jack, Poldi, Oli, Diaby.. How will bayern handle them?? This tie isnt beyond us. We can gun these bavarians down!! Believe gooners!! Im puttin 500bucks on this one!! COYG!!!!!

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  49. Big Gun

    @Dub Years ago I admired Barca when they had the likes of Figo playing for them…but since the whole Fab saga I lost a great deal of respect for them. They are all a bunch of diving pussies, I mean they even practice dives and rolls at training!

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  50. Big Gun

    @the truth You said it, Ribery is the danger man. I also would not risk Jenks RB…Sagna is our best bet against him. Pity we don’t have a DM to bite. Oh wait we do, but he never plays! (Frimpong)

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  51. LoCkAy

    IF WE GET VILLA FOR £17 MILLIONS, WE WILL BE THE DUMBEST CLUB IN THE UK…!!

    WE COULD EASILY BRING SOMEONE YOUNGER AND A PROPER DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER.

    FRIMPONG? NO THANKS, HE IS A LIABITY AND SHOULD RETIRE FROM FOOTBALL AND CONCENTRATE ON THE “DENCH” SH*T…!!

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  52. Greg

    For that money lets add a little more and get cavani! Come on lets show some ambition kronke!

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  53. mr lean

    don’t waste 17m on villa instead go to barca and get the money back they owe us and use that to buy hummels and jovetic

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  54. Xavv

    And Wenger would tell them politely; “please, f*ck off”. 32 years old, one year left on the contract… Sure, he’s a world class freakshow. But under the circumstances I think 6-8m is a pretty fair and reasonable price.

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  55. gunnerscott

    is this the same bloggers that were upset that we did not get villa over the transfer window? i dont get it, who cares about money, take the barca spain national striker!

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  56. Simon K Williams

    I can’t see it happening – BUT in 0.001% chance it did – I wouldn’t be upset about it-

    We need to add some guaranteed goals to the squad, as Giroud evolves into the real deal- or we find long term improvement to the situation –
    And think Villa would provide that – maybe give us 2-3 years boost we need to solve striker situation

    Offer 10mil – he’s worth it!

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  57. ram

    @Greg
    no way we can get Cavani.. madrid and city are waiting to trigger his value of 63mill.. and Falcao too is near to 50mill..

    our only realistic target is Jovetic and as leo said if cavani goes to madrid may be Benzema is possible…

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  58. tobi

    Instead of buying Villa, we should just sign Arshavin for more years to come and make him our invisible 9…We don’t need Villa

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  59. deez4gunnerz!!!

    Strengthen up our defence this summer,and another winger required,don’t fully trust Gervinho plus and extra striker to put pressure on giroud and walcott,for competetion sake.

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