Arsenal and Spurs suffer blow in pursuit of Spanish record goalscorer.
FC Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has been speaking about some of the top issues surrounding the club recently, with Lionel Messi’s alleged tax evasion, the difficulties in acquiring Thiago Silva and David Villa’s future.
The last topic is of interest to north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, with both clubs reportedly tabling bids to sign the Spain international striker in the last six months.
“Villa remains a Barcelona player, unless we say otherwise,” said Rosell.
“He will do so until next year.
“Until told otherwise, he will be our player, and we should take care of him because of that.”
With Neymar moving to Camp Nou, Villa’s place in the side is more under threat than ever, and at 31 years of age and having suffered a serious knee injury that ruled him out of action for much of 2012, the Spaniard is far from peak level.
Still, he has a proven pedigree, winning every trophy going with Barcelona and is Spain’s record goalscorer in international football with 52 goals in 88 matches.
Tottenham and Arsenal would certainly get an upgrade on their current forward lines.
Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor at White Hart Lane and Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott at Emirates Stadium are not quite as deadly as Villa in the penalty area.
However, the Spaniard would only be a short term solution thanks to his age and it would be understandable if Arsenal and Spurs looked elsewhere.