Arsenal are, once again, set to identify the acquisition of a reputable striker as a summer transfer window priority, but one player who is unlikely to secure a move to the Emirates Stadium is David Villa of Atletico Madrid.
Villa only joined Atletico from Barcelona in July of last year but, according to Marca, the veteran Spanish forward is likely to move to the MLS just 12 months on. The deal which saw Villa arrive in Madrid is a complicated one, and stipulates Atletico must pay a further €2 million to Barcelona this summer in order to lower the player’s wages.
The 32-year-old has scored 13 goals for Atletico this season, with Diego Simeone’s side on the brink of a potential La Liga and Champions League double, but it would seem the club are unwilling to fork out the full salary for a player of Villa’s advanced years.
A move to the MLS would be a lucrative one for Villa, who had been the subject of confirmed interest from Arsenal prior to his transfer to the Vicente Calderon. Arsenal made an ‘important offer’ to bring Villa to the Emirates Stadium, but Barcelona proceeded to block the move.
But would Villa’s potential availability encourage Arsene Wenger to revive his interest? The recruitment of goalscoring reinforcements is imperative for the Gunners, and few strikers in Europe have garnered a reputation like Villa’s in recent years.
There would appear to be a dearth of available forward talent in this summer transfer window, and Arsenal could certainly do significantly worse than add Villa to their ranks. His age, however, is likely to be a sticking point, with Wenger famously reluctant to invest in players over 30.