Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno
It's transfer deadline day, and unsurprisingly, rumours continue to circulate regarding David Villa's future at the Camp Nou. With Arsenal and Manchester City rumoured to be interested, will El Guaje leave the Blaugrana today?
It's transfer deadline day over in England, and surprise, surprise, the press have decided to resurrect Arsenal's interest in David Villa. According to a whole host of reports, Arsenal are making a last-ditch effort to sign Villa, and one "exclusive" from a well-known website claims that Arsenal have lodged a bid, believed to be in the region of €12 million. After sitting out yesterday's 1-1 El Clasico draw with Real Madrid, David Villa is apparently keen on the idea of a move to England - at least according to these reports. After all, Villa isn't starting for Barcelona, so he must be interested in joining a club that are ready to offer him a role in the starting XI - right?
Of course, Arsenal may well be interested, and they could have lodged an official bid, but let's be honest here; why would David Villa leave? If anything last night's 1-1 El Clasico draw demonstrated the importance of a fully-fit David Villa to Barcelona, and at that price, there's simply no reason for Barcelona to even consider the offer. Even then, let's say the bid was accepted; why would David Villa accept a move to England just three days after the birth of third child, Luca?
On the other hand, while Villa is unlikely to move today, there are still question marks over his long-term future at the club. Gerard Deulofeu is pushing hard for a promotion to the first team, while many tip Neymar to join this coming summer which - if true - would seemingly spell the end of El Guaje's career at the Camp Nou. So, if you're reading this Arsene, check back in the summer OK?