Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo today say that any club interested in signing Barcelona forward David Villa in the summer will have to pay a minimum of €20m. It has been reported that Arsenal are keen to sign the player in the next transfer window but may be priced out of a deal as they would have to smash their own transfer record.
The Sun said last month that Arsenal were showing serious interest in Villa. The newspaper said that the club were willing to pay around £10m (€11.5m) for the Spaniard in the last transfer window but were not prepared to go up to £15m.
Barcelona will be bracing themselves for Villa to hand in a transfer request at the end of the season with him having concerns about making the Spanish team for Brazil 2014. Since he has returned to action after a lengthy lay off due to a broken leg, Villa has struggled to hold down a regular place in the Barcelona first eleven and therefore he may need to find a club that can give him more minutes on the pitch.
Villa’s price tag has been hiked up based on the recent transfers of some Europe’s top forwards. With the likes of Mario Balotelli, Hulk and Zlatan Ibrahimovic going for big amounts, Mundo say that the club feel the Spanish international falls into this bracket, although his age (31) and recent injury history will surely have an impact on that.
It is very unlikely that Arsene Wenger will pay over the odds for the ex Valencia forward. Although they have shown interest in the player, Arsenal will be reluctant to buy him for such a fee based on his age and length of contract he has left with the Catalan giants. At the end of the season Villa will only have a year left on his current and therefore clubs can start talking to him in 10 months time with regards to a pre-contract.
Barcelona can demand what they want but other clubs hold the cards on this one and for once the Catalan club could be pushed around in the transfer market, rather than the usual reverse.