LONDON (Sporting Alert) If you believe the transfer rumour in football these days, then Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger is determined to add David Villa to his side.
Wenger has expressed his interest in signing Barcelona ace since the beginning of the January transfer window and according to the Sunday People, the Frenchman has taken further steps to convinced the forward to join him in London.
The report claims that the Arsenal boss “has spoken to Villa” with permission from Barcelona, about his interest in signing him in the January window as he seeks to add more goalscoring option to his side after losing Robin van Persie to Manchester United in the summer.
Villa, since returning from foot surgery, has been struggling to keep a starting place in the Barcelona squad and has admitted that he could leave the Spanish giants in search of more first team football.
It is understood that Barca manager Tito Vilanova met with the Spanish all-time leading goalscorer and assured him that he’s still a vital part of the club’s plans and insists that he wants him to stay at Camp Nou.
But Wenger wants a proven scorer after his summer recruits struggled to adjust in the first half of the Premier League and the 31-year-old Villa has emerged as the club’s main target.
The Arsenal boss also missed out on signing one of his top targets in Demba Ba, who decided to link up with Chelsea, after hitting two past the Gunners in his final game playing for Newcastle.
Theo Walcott has been banging in the goals since switching over from the wing to play central, but Wenger would still rather to have the speedy England attacker on the flank, so he can bring Olivier Giroud back into his setup.
Nevertheless, the ultimate goal is to bring Villa to the Emirates and Wenger is determined to fend off the challenges of fellow Premier League bosses from Liverpool and Chelsea to get his man.
A January move is what Wenger wants and even suggested taking him on an Arsenal loan deal in this window, after sending Marouane Chamakh to join West Ham on loan until the end of the season.
However, it is understood that Barcelona are not interested, plus Villa wants to stay put for a little while longer.
In fact, reports are saying that the striker has told his representatives to hold off on all interested offers until he sees what happens in the coming weeks.
The Catalan returns to Spanish La Liga action on Sunday and all eyes will be on the starting team to see if Villa makes the cut.
Many pundits have openly expressed their views on why Alexis Sanchez had been constantly getting the nod over the Spaniard in recent weeks.
Meanwhile, Wenger has not ruled out the possibilities of loan transfers in this window and wait for some new transfers in the summer.