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Chelsea defender urges Barcelona star to make EPL move

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has spoken to compatriot David Villa, a reported target for Arsenal and Tottenham, about a potential summer transfer from Barcelona to the Premier League.

Villa has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou for a number of months, with a transfer to either Arsenal are Tottenham touted as the most likely outcome for the Spain international.

Arsene Wenger and Andre Villas-Boas have both been credited with interest in Villa as they strive to bring reinforcements to the Emirates Stadium and White Hart Lane respectively, although Barcelona maintain they have not received an offers for the player.

Azpilicueta, though, hopes to see the 31-year-old arrive in the Premier League before the close of the transfer window, and says he and Villa have spoken about a possible move while on international duty at the Confederations Cup.

"I talked to him about the Premier League, he is a great player and he would be welcome here," the Chelsea left-back told ESPN.

Arsenal were reported to have approached Barcelona regarding Villa during the January transfer window, although the interest of the Gunners has appeared to have waned since given their pursuit of Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain.

Spurs, however, are reported to still be tracking Villa, although Villas-Boas is also reported to maintain an interest in Jackson Martinez of Porto and long-term target Leandro Damiao.

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