There are two Spanish front men who Arsenal are actively trying to sign at the minute, apparently, and if reports are true then the Gunners have tabled offers for both of them. The strange thing, to me, is that Arsenal have only put in the bid for David Villa from Barcelona because their initial bid for Adrian Lopez was turned down by Athletico Madrid.
Both reports are from Goal.com, who go on to claim that Arsenal are preparing a fresh bid for Adrian, which will be about the same as the £14 million that they are willing to splash out to bring 31-year old Villa to the Emirates. We are waiting to see if Barcelona can be persuaded to part with Spain’s record goal scorer who is a big favourite with the Barca faithful, but because of his £110,000 a week wages, Arsenal will not up the bid.
There is a personal issue as well, because Villa is soon to become a father, and may not want to uproot his family to another country at this time. He is definitely open to a move away from the Catalan club, though, because of his lack of playing opportunities. If we fail in our attempt for Villa, Arsenal will then, apparently, go back with a better offer for Adrian, possibly even triggering his release clause of £15 million.
I think that Villa is a much better option, but it seems that Arsenal are not really prepared to go for broke, as usual.