We all know that transfer windows, especially in January, are an elegant and prolonged form of torture for Arsenal fans. The agony of waiting, not knowing and seeing players you thought might be heading to the Emirates joining other teams like Newcastle, QPR or that other team in North London. The transfer rumour that is occupying us at the minute is the potential signing of David Villa from Barcelona.
This has become elaborate and the outlook changes day by day. We are not even sure if there is any room to negotiate with the Spanish club, but there are enough stories about the player actually trying to force the move that it keeps our hopes up. Now, however, we have another thing to worry about. If Villa is available, Arsenal may now have to fight off the challenge of Man City to secure the striker’s signature.
City have sold Balotelli to AC Milan, leaving Mancini with just Tevez, Aguero and Dzeko to choose from (poor old Roberto), and the Mirror reports that they are willing to offer Barcelona £15 million for Villa as they push for the Premier league title. Sources from the club have played down any interest in the Spaniard, but then so have Arsenal.
The Daily Mail have reported today that Ivan Gazidis has had a meeting with Wenger about the need to get something done before the transfer window closes tomorrow night. The paper states that Arsenal are planning a final day bid to sign Villa, and the success of this bid could all hinge on what happens in Madrid tonight. Barcelona play Real Madrid in the semi-final of the Spanish cup, and it is the last chance for the club to show Villa he is not a bit part player.
If the 31-year old does manage to force a move, he may now have to choose between Arsenal and Man City.