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.