The Sun reports that Barcelona striker David Villa believes that Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas deserves to return to the Nou Camp.
Fabregas is Barcelona’s top summer transfer target and are eager to bring the former Barcelona youth team player back to Catalonia. Villa and Fabregas are currently away together on international duty, along with many more Barcelona players, and no doubt Fabregas will be encouraged to leave the Emirates for the Nou Camp.
Villa, who scored in the Champions League final in Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Manchester United, insisted the 24-year-old Arsenal captain would be a great signing for the club. Villa said: ‘I have a soft spot for Cesc. You know what he would give to the team. I hope he can come to Barcelona, not only as a player, but someone who deserves to return’.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made clear his thoughts on the protracted move, stating that he wants Fabregas to stay and will fight off any offers. Barcelona are yet to make another official bid and it is rumoured the Gunners would want a bid of around £45 million for the Spaniard.
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Gunners want Defoe.
Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is a shock transfer target for North London rivals Arsenal, The Daily Star reports.
Defoe, who has endured an injury blighted season at White Hart Lane, is reported to be a £10 million target for Arsene Wenger, who believes that the predatory instincts of a fully-fit Defoe will be able to give his team some goalscoring fire power.
The England international only scored nine goals in 30 appearances for Tottenham, four coming in the Premier League, and a loss of form saw Defoe dropped from the Spurs line-up and forced to spend most of the season on the bench. The 28 year old, a graduate of the West Ham academy, could be looking for a new challenge and the attraction of regular Champions League football could see the striker make the dreaded switch across North London.
Walcott: We must win trophies.
Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has told thefa.com that he felt last season was his most productive season ever and feels that he is making great strides in his career.
Walcott made 38 appearances and scored 13 goals, the highest goals tally of his Arsenal career, in a lacklustre season for the Gunners, where Walcott and striker Robin Van Persie were the leading lights for the club.
The 22 year old, signed from Southampton in 2006, acknowledges the struggles the club have had this season and recognises that the side as a whole were disappointing. He said: ‘I had the best season I’ve had in a long time. As a team, we weren’t able to perform to our abilities in the last few games. We have only got ourselves to blame on that front. We have to win trophies.’
Walcott himself is currently with the England squad for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland.