Barcelona won't hold £14m Arsenal striker target against wishes
Arsenal transfer news: David Villa cleared to leave Barcelona if he wants summer exit
Arsenal striker target David Villa will not be held against his wishes at Barcelona, according to the club's vice-president.
Josep Maria Bartomeu claims the Catalan giants want to keep the 86-cap Spain international at the Nou Camp in the summer, but would be willing to grant the former Valencia star a move away if he is 'uncomfortable'.
"The coaches hope he is here next season but we will not retain any player that is uncomfortable. In that case, we will talk to him to seek a solution," Bartomeu told BTV, according to talkSPORT.
Villa was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in the January transfer window, and whilst a move to the Emirates Stadium failed to materialise, The Sun reported at the start of February that the 31-year-old remains keen on a £14million switch to north London.
And, with a transfer kitty reported to be in the region of £70million, Arsene Wenger certainly has the funds available should he wish to add the player to his Gunners squad at the end of the season.
Questions will have to be answered over the player's fitness before a move to Arsenal is conducted however, with the Blaugrana star unable to force his way back into Tito Vilanova's side on a regular basis after breaking his leg at the FIFA Club World Cup back in December 2011.
However, his experience and qualities are unquestioned, and he would certainly provide the Gunners with an extra attacking edge. Currently, Wenger only has Olivier Giroud at his disposal through the middle, with Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski also filling in when required.