The Catalan press has reported that Arsenal are no longer in the race to sign David Villa from Barcelona, leaving Tottenham as the strongest candidates from England for the Spanish forward.
Arsenal’s apparent interest in signing Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid has led to suggests in Spain that they will not go for a double swoop of La Liga, including Villa on their summer hit list.
If the Mundo Deportivo reports are accurate, and that’s a big if considering some of the headlines they have gone with recently, it means Spurs could complete a very easy deal for the forward.
Tottenham have been strongly linked with a variety of strikers, especially since a list of players appeared, with names Andre Villas-Boas was happy to let go.
That list included the names of long time servant Jermain Defoe as well as the inconsistent Emmanuel Adebayor.
If both players leave the club, it means Spurs are going to have to work very hard to snap up some of their first choice striker targets or head into next season, with a much smaller chance of breaking the top four.
Villa is definitely a player who could significantly enhance Tottenham’s current squad and their status in English football.
The main two benefits of his transfer would be the goals he can provide and the experience that he’d bring with him.
Villa is someone who has played in a Champions League winning Barcelona side as well as a Spanish national team, which has won back-to-back European Championships with a World Cup sandwiched in between.
At 31-years-old his next move will probably be his last so the first advantage Spurs can get from Arsenal’s withdrawal is the ability to talk to him.
They are then in a good position, especially with the departure of Adebayor, to offer him good terms to sign a contract with the club.
Villa is going to be looking for the best deal as much as he’ll be looking for the best club with the best opportunities.
AVB will have to work hard to sell Tottenham to the striker considering they are not in the Champions League and hence outside the group of ‘big clubs’ in English football.
Get him interested in White Hart Lane and get him talking over a possible deal and the rest should be a formality.
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