Arsenal could have signed David Villa for €2.5M - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Premier League side Arsenal have been criticised throughout this summer for the lack of transfer activity. Ex-Auxerre striker Yaya Sanogo is the side’s only signing of the new season – joining the Gunners on a free transfer.
Gonzalo Higuain, Bernard, Luiz Gustavo, David Villa, and Etienne Capoue were some of the names Arsenal were linked with, only to miss out on them to other clubs.
Manager Arsenal Wenger has frequently defended his actions in the market, while stating the side were unlucky to be priced out of moves for some of their targets. However, journalist Guillem Balague has shed some light on one player who got away.
He revealed how Arsenal made an approach for Spanish international David Villa in January last season, but their enquiry was snubbed by Barcelona – who cited they had no plans to sell him. In the six months that followed, Villa’s happiness and form both took a battering, and w...