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David Villa Latest: Arsenal Lodge £8m Offer – Man City Willing To Pay £15m

Contrasting reports regarding David Villa with the Times claiming Arsenal have submitted an £8m bid but the Mirror believe Man City are in for the Barca striker

With the January transfer window now open for business we’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer gossip. Today, competition heats up for David Villa.

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Contrasting reports today regarding the future of David Villa with the Times claiming Arsenal have submitted an £8m bid but the Mirror believe the Gunners will now face competition from champions Manchester City for the Barcelona striker.

The Spanish hitman has been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp this month after failing to regain his place in the Barca first team following a spell on the sidelines with a broken leg.

The Times claim Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is looking to add a top quality striker to is squad before Thursday’s transfer deadline, and is understood to have made Villa his first choice and opened the bidding with an £8m offer on Tuesday night.

However, it looks like the Gunners aren’t going to have a clear run at Villa with the Mirror claiming Manchester City have made an approach of their own for the Spaniard with the Premier League champions looking to replace Mario Balotelli – who is on his way to AC Milan.

The report believes City may try and use former Barca officials Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain – who are now part of City’s executive team – to help seal a deal for Villa and they’re willing to pay up to £15m to land the striker this month.

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If these reports are true they are interesting, if not highly predictable, developments. Arsenal put in a derisory low bid only to be blown out the water by their more financially powerful rivals. Who didn’t see this coming?!

Although, I’m not entirely sold on the Mirror’s take on things to be honest. I think it’s a little ‘coincidental’. They agree to sell Balotelli and hours later the paper claims City have already moved for Villa. Sounds a bit like they’ve put 2 and 2 together and got 5 if you ask me.

Personally, I see the Times as a far more reputable newspaper so I wouldn’t be giving up hope just yet Gooners. But I think we’ll have to up the £8m bid if we’re to have any chance of persuading Barcelona to selling the 31-year-old. Not long to go….

What do Arsenal and City fans make of these reports? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. foster

    January 30, 2013 at 9:31 am

    wenger should buy this guy,,,we need his ability in the squard…..up gunners

  2. talib

    January 30, 2013 at 9:45 am

    MC is the right place for you to go ..dun go to Gunner coz the club no ambition to win the cup . it will waste your time there to end ur career

  3. jameel

    January 30, 2013 at 9:50 am

    i hope that villa will come to arsenal

  4. Goon B4 time

    January 30, 2013 at 9:55 am

    “I see The Times as a more reputable paper…”, really? You do know this paper is owned by the same owners as the very reputable Sun newspaper whose reporters regularly interlaced with The Times. The most reliable source of transfer news will be at 11pm on Thursday night. And even then the morning may spring a few surprises

  5. segun

    January 30, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Im wishing d guy to come to arsenal rather go to mancity.bcs in arsenal they will enjoy his football & score a lot of go.if will did not win anything for d past 8 years i hope d guy has being won a lot trophy else where.what does he need again.what left 4 him is to play 4 fun.and it will be okey when he come to arsenal.

  6. taiwho sheun

    January 30, 2013 at 10:57 am

    If truly wenger need exceptional player I wish david Is one of them, if truly he feel that arsenal need a striker I think he should go for David villa b4 man city snap him up from him. K

  7. Hafeez

    January 30, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I relly hope arsene wenger dont lose villa becos 15m is nt 2much price 4 david villa let him do anytin in his power 2 sign him and let him 4get abt d age and look at d perfomance and let him nt allow man city dis tym d coach is tryin but he should remove money and get qualitative players man united did a very bad tin by signing zaha and it was arsene wenger dat dictected him up gunners

  8. Domisiano

    January 30, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Arsen should make up his mind before it is too late and bring Villa to the team or why to promise exceptional player and when they appear you dont buy?we are tired with forums stating what should be done and northing is happening on the ground.

  9. Davido x2

    January 30, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Hello fellow gooners i dont blame mr prof b/c of his economic high level k. We need that guy men villa is de real guy we wants.


    January 30, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Wenger is at it again. Deny now nd make paltry bid the next day. Wonders will never end. Just forget Villa if Man City are also interested.

  11. Petosky

    January 30, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Villa should shun arsenal 4 city, if he want a trophy.

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