David Villa has reportedly accepted a move to Tottenham Hotspur. The Barcelona forward is keen to leave the Catalans after falling out of favour and that will remain the case with the signing of Neymar Jr.
Villa was heavily linked with Arsenal in January but Barcelona’s refusal to sell saw the player remain in Spain. The Gunners were believed to reignite their interest in the summer but have turned their attentions to Wayne Rooney and Gonzalo Higuain after being handed a huge £70 million transfer kitty.
Arsene Wenger is still monitoring the Spanish international but it seems he could be too late with new Spurs technical director Franco Baldini having already held talks with the striker over a proposed move to White Hart Lane. It is understood Villa would welcome the move to Tottenham despite their failure to qualify for the Champions League.
He would be first choice with Andre Villas-Boas willing to sell both Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe while also keeping tabs on long-term target Leandro Damiao and Valencia Roberto Soldado, who alongside Villa, is in Brazil helping Spain’s Confederations Cup campaign.
Villa netted a hat-trick against minnows Tahiti while Soldado grabbed a goal in Spain’s opening game against Uruguay but neither played in the semi-final against Italy which spent went on to win 7-6 in a tense penalty shoot-out.
Regular football is top of Villa’s list and Tottenham are offering him the chance to lead the line however a deal is still far away with only a ‘broad agreement’ agreed. Baldini has agreed personal terms in principle with the attacker, which is believed to be over £100,000-a-week however nothing has been signed. Interest from Arsenal and Fiorentina also cannot be ignored with the Gunners option of Champions League football a big incentive.
Tottenham and Barcelona are yet to agree a fee with the Blaugrana insisting on a £12 million fee, however the Londoners are hoping to part with a mere £8 million. The player is currently 31 and Spurs believe he isn’t worth the money Barcelona are asking for.
Arsenal are waiting on the transfer of Higuain. Reports suggested personal terms and a fee has been agreed weeks ago but the deal is yet to be completed. The appointment of Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid should have pushed the transfer along. The longer Arsenal are made to wait, the quicker they may turn their attention to a big money move for Wayne Rooney or a transfer for Villa.