David Villa will be offered to Chelsea in a desperate bid by Barcelona to finally capture Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas, according to the Metro.
While Barcelona have made numerous enquiries about Fabregas, Arsenal have been reluctant to sell the star, with Arsene Wenger placing a £40 million price tag on the Spaniard. Barcelona have a limited transfer budget this summer, and Pep Guardiola reportedly believes that by selling Villa he can free up enough money to cover the fee Arsenal is demanding.
“Ideally, [Guardiola] wants to keep Villa - especially after the impact he made in his first campaign with Barca. He sees David as a big player as his side push for more trophies next season,” an insider said.
“But he also knows that he may have to sacrifice Villa to finance incoming deals. And Manchester City and Chelsea would be very happy to buy Villa.”
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill Wood has repotedly confirmed that Barcelona have made contact over Fabregas, but the Spanish giants haven’t made an official offer.
Chelsea have been linked to Villa numerous times this season, and while the Blues have enough cash to cover the £40 million required to purchase the striker, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich reportedly believes that the Spaniard would serve well up front with international teammate Fernando Torres.
Manchester City are also linked to Villa, but reports are putting Chelsea in the front line to secure the star's signature should barcelona go ahead with the sale.