According to Twitter this morning, Arsenal have lodged a bid for David Villa. The Barcelona striker would prefer a move to Arsenal, so he could be with his fellow Spaniards Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal. Guillem Balague is quoted as saying on Talksport, that Villa has three offers: Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and an unidentified club in Spain, who I’d personally guess at being Atletico Madrid.
Neymar’s arrival at Barcelona means that Villa is not going to get many playing minutes next season and he will definitely move on. To who? Of those three clubs, Arsenal would be his most likely destination. At 31, is Villa a good signing? Absolutely; Villa comes complete with goal scoring pedigree of a high level, has a winner’s mentality and would bring a wealth of experience to any forward line. Of the three clubs mentioned however, it’s Tottenham who need Villa most. For me, they need three strikers this summer, not two. If I were Andre Villas Boas, I’d even get rid of Jermaine Defoe.
If I refresh the Twitter feed on my phone, (the Twitter app for iPhone is much better than the actual website) using the “Arsenal” search term, then I get a load more transfer stories come up. This time, Victor Wanyama crops up amongst all of the names. For the one millionth time of saying, “Victor Wanyama is not good enough for a top six in England.” Seriously, Wanyama is Everton or Newcastle quality, that Manchester United, Manchester City or Arsenal quality. That rumour can go to hell, I’m 95% confident that Arsene Wenger won’t pursue Wanyama.
My favourite rumours are the ones linking Arsenal with Ilkay Gundogan and Marco Reus in a £30 million swoop for the pair of them. You heard it here first, Arsenal are set to sign two of Germany’s premium talents for a pittance. Borussia Dortmund, who just finished as runners-up in the Champions League, are that hard up, that they have to sell two of their best players for a combined total of £30 million. The Mario Goetze situation where he left for Bayern Munich is different. If Jupp Heynckes wanted Goetze, then I’m confident he would have stayed with Dortmund. That changes however, when Pep Guardiola identifies Goetze as his top target and as Klopp said, “it is no secret that Mario is Guardiola’s favourite player.” For a young star, to be singled out personally by Guardiola, who managed Leo Messi so well, must mean a lot.
In the situation of Robert Lewandowski, it is unfortunate and a lesson for Dortmund in the art of contracts, but is now an inevitability that Lewandowski will leave this summer. Aside from those two, Dortmund don’t want or need to sell their best players. Especially not for £15 million each.
The most intriguing transfer rumour of all however, is Fabregas’ mooted return to the Premier League. Manchester United want him, that much has been clear for two weeks now, but would have to pay a very large sum to sign the Spaniard. His buy-out clause according to Twitter, ranges from £70 million to £135 million. Adriano, a Brazilian utility player for Barcelona, just renewed his contract with a £90 million buy-out clause. Fabregas, who is such a huge talent, is more likely to have a release clause nearing the £135 million mark.
If Barcelona want to sell Fabregas, which they are allegedly keen to do, then Manchester United will still need to offer a hefty chunk of money, as any sale that Barcelona make on Fabregas, sees them give a staggering 50% to Arsenal. On top of that, if Barcelona do negotiate so well that Manchester United bid, for example, £70 million, then Arsenal have a buy-back option before those negotiations begin, but at the laughable price of £20 million.
Arsenal have completely mugged Barcelona in the negotiations that took place over Fabregas. Imagine Cesc has a season where he scores 35 goals from midfield and assist another 20. Then imagine that Real Madrid or Monaco offer a whopping £90 million, which Barcelona accept. It would then mean that Arsenal would have to be consulted over his transfer and could land a £90 million player for as little as £20 million.
Would Arsenal actually sign Fabregas? Of course. Arsene Wenger loves him, he said as much when he was co-commentating for France v Spain the other month, “Cesc would always get in my side.” If he was offered the chance to sign him, then Wenger would fork out the money for Fabregas like a flash. Basically, the sooner Manchester United, or any other club, bids for Cesc Fabregas, the quicker he becomes an Arsenal player.
That’s all I have today! See you later.