Sandro Rosell has confirmed Barcelona will not sell David Villa this January, so what next for the clubs chasing him?
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has rubbished recent reports that David Villa is surplus to requirements at the Spanish giants and has told Arsenal, and other clubs, to forget about signing him this January.
Villa is one of the highest profile strikers in Europe and when his availability is questioned, he is always going to be linked with huge clubs such as Arsenal and Manchester United.
However, the president has said Villa will be used over the course of a long La Liga season which means clubs who would be interested in signing him will have to re-think their tactics over the matter.
“I completely rule out the transfer of Villa during the winter market. He is ours and we need him, there is a lot of the season left,” Rosell told Catalan radio station RAC1.
Arsenal and Manchester United will have to wait until the summer transfer window before they can now make a formal approach for Villa.
This means waiting for half a season, a long time in which a lot can happen. Arsenal have also been linked with Atletico Madrid’s Adrian Lopez and may choose to go for a target this January considering the recent departure of Marouane Chamakh to West Ham.
United are more geared towards the waiting game, especially considering Sir Alex Ferguson’s own admission that he doesn’t like to make signings in the January transfer window.
There has also been debate this season over the future of Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez at Old Trafford. Should either of them decide to leave then it opens up a place in the United squad which Villa could ably fill.
Manchester City could also be in the hunt for Villa this summer if any of their four strikers decide to move on. Reports this morning have suggested that Inter Milan are in for Edin Dzeko and City could certainly afford to pay Villa’s wage packet and any hefty fee Barcelona ask for.
Barcelona paid £31 million for Villa to Valencia just two summers ago. They signed him on a long term contract fully aware of the squad’s capabilities. They rarely practice the art of bad business but this is one story which looks set to roll for a long time.
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