Transfer News: David Villa May Leave Barcelona In Summer
David Villa (Photo: Reuters)
Barcelona's David Villa has strongly linked away from Camp Nou in the recent weeks and now the club's vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu has given a statement that the club will not stand in the striker's way if he wants to leave.
"The coaches hope he is here next season but we will not retain any player who is uncomfortable," Bartomeu told BTV. "In that case, we will talk to him to seek a solution."
Villa joined Barca from Valencia for a reported £35million in the summer of 2010.
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Italian Serie A side Juventus have revealed that they are willing to make a £12.9million bid for the Spaniard during the summers, according to reports.
Not to speak of the fact that Barcelona has evoked a release clause on the Spaniard putting £17million as his buy out price. According to talkSPORT, the La Liga leaders have slapped the massive price tag on him because they are unwilling to sell him.
During January, the club's contract negotiator, Dick Law, flew over to Spain to get proceedings underway, with the Gunners hopeful of a move before the end of the transfer window. Unfortunately, the move failed to materialize on account of time constraints.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen on increasing the club's attacking options and the Spain international suits their profile perfectly.
Arsenal was thought to be willing to pay around £13.8million to secure Villa's services.
However, Villa's agent Victor Onate had earlier insisted that the striker intends to stay with Barcelona.
"There is always speculation about David because he is a great forward, but his future is in the hands of Barcelona," Onate told Sky Sports News.
"They have a contract and it is important to always respect such documents."
The forward has been linked to all the major English Premier League clubs in the past with Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all taking interest in him.
Earlier, it was reported that Barcelona would be willing to let the Spanish international leave the club before his rankings plummet further. No doubt, Barcelona would be looking for an ideal price for the former Valencia hit-man in the market.
Besides Barcelona would have been accustomed to playing without Villa for he has missed much of the last season with a broken leg, not to speak of the fact that his form has been questionable.
Also, the striker hasn't been able to secure a regular spot at Nou Camp with likes of Lionel Messi being around.