Arsenal and Chelsea Spanish striker target available for £16 million

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Barcelona forward David Villa is available for £16 million in the January transfer window – alerting both Arsenal and Chelsea to the possibility of a potential transfer swoop, according to the Daily Mail.

Villa’s future at the Nou Camp has been the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks as he continues to struggle for first team action.

The Spanish striker is yet to complete 90 minutes for Barcelona since returning from a broken leg at the start of the season, and has been linked with a move to the Premier League.

Arsenal and Chelsea have both been credited with an interest in the 31-year-old in recent weeks as they look to add more fire power to their respective attacks.

The Gunners in particular look short of options up front and are expected to be busy in the January transfer window, prompting speculation they could make a move for Villa.

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal officials have been told they will have to cough up €20 million (£16m) if they want to land their man.

Despite that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is said to be only interested in a short-term loan deal for the Spanish striker with a view of making the move permanent later on.

Barcelona are unlikely to accept that proposal while Arsenal are said to be unwilling to pay over the odds for the 31-year-old, leaving the deal in jeopardy.

Chelsea will also be looking to bolster their attacking options in January once Daniel Sturridge completes his much-anticipated move away from Stamford Bridge to Liverpool.

With Fernando Torres as the only recognised striker aside from Sturridge, Chelsea have been linked with a host of forwards including Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani.

However the Blues may opt for Villa as a cheaper alternative to Falcao and Cavani, who would both come with hefty transfer fees.

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