Arsenal missed chance to sign Villa for cut price this summer
As pressure on Arsene Wenger mounts following a barren transfer window, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has revealed to Sky Sports that Arsenal missed out on signing Spanish forward David Villa for as little as €2.3m.
Villa, 31, joined Spanish side Atletico Madrid this summer for the minuscule fee, which could rise to €4.6m if he stays with the club for three years, after Barcelona decided to move the player on. Villa actually attracted interest from the North London outfit during last season’s January transfer window. Back then Barcelona were not ready to sell, before changing their minds at the end of the season.
It was expected that Arsenal would come back in for the Spanish International, who has scored 282 goals in 576 career appearances, with the player even moving his children to a British school in expectation of an Arsenal bid. However it seems Wenger changed his mind, and Villa went on to join Atletico. Balague suspects that Villa’s slow recovery from a broken leg influenced the decision.
Guillem Balague told Sky Sports: “In January Arsenal came and offered a four-year deal, about €20m, and some money for Barcelona. Barcelona said they were not selling.
“So I think that David Villa, who took his kids to a British school, expected Arsenal to come back but they didn't, because they saw that David Villa in the last six months was not happy and wasn't playing well, and they probably thought he is not what he was.”
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