David Villa moved from FC Barcelona this summer to Atletico Madrid ending his three-year career with the Catalonian giants.
Gulliem Balague told Revista that Arsenal had initially tried to sign David Villa – in January – but the Catalonians were not ready to sell him then. However, it is was widely anticipated that Villa was not happy at Barcelona and everyone assumed that Arsenal would pursue him in summer.
Even David Villa had expected that and he took his kids to a British school. However, Wenger did not bid for him in summer and ATletico Madrid captured the striker.
“In January Arsenal came and offered a four-year deal, about 20m euros, and some money for Barcelona. Barcelona said they were not selling,” Balague told Revista.
“So I think that David Villa, who took his kids to a British school, expected Arsenal to come back but they didn’t, because they saw that David Villa in the last six months was not happy and wasn’t playing well, and they probably thought he is not what he was.
“Atletico Madrid came in and they got a deal for 2.5m euros – that is all for the first year. If he stays for three years it is 4.6m euros. Why so cheap? I found out that Barcelona have a first option on [18-year-old Atletico midfielder] Oliver Torres.
“Now if Atletico fans find out about that they might not be happy but it is one way of Barcelona saying they are getting rid of a big wage and getting a first option on this guy, and let go someone who was not happy either.”
It is sad how Arsenal did not go for him when they could have easily landed him and he could have solved the crisis at Arsenal easily.
Written by Rida Mehtab (@RidaaMehtaab on Twitter)