Despite the transfer window now being closed there will still be plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers, so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, more on the future of David Villa.
Chelsea could end up hampering Arsenal’s chances of signing David Villa if they are finally able to land long-term target Radamel Falcao in the summer, according to the Metro.
As has been reported extensively in recent weeks, Arsenal tried to land Villa during the January transfer window but Barcelona refused to sell the striker until the end of the season.
The Metro claims the Gunners will revive their interest in the summer but they could face an uphill battle to land the 31-year-old after Atletico Madrid earmarked him as a possible replacement for Radamel Falcao – who’s been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea.
The report suggests that despite the Gunners interest, Villa would be keen on staying in Spain if possible and playing for Atletico would provide him with the perfect opportunity to do so. So, it could work out that if Chelsea end up buying Falcao from Atletico, the Spaniard’s may then gazump Arsenal to the signing of Villa.
The Metro claim Arsene Wenger will do all he can to lure the Barca front man to north London and will use his Spanish contingent to try and persuade him to move to the Emirates, but it may be difficult if Atletico are involved.
Deigo Simone’s side currently sit second in the table and on course to qualify for the Champions League next season, so if they can offer him first team football and the chance to remain at the top level in Spain and in Europe, it may prove to be a tough opportunity to turn down for the former Valencia man.
But we’ll see how things develop over the coming months. A lot can change in football but I hope we end up with both Falcao and Villa in the Premier League. They are two of the best strikers in the world and would be huge assets to the league.
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