Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has cooled down the rumours over Arsenal‘s summer target, striker David Villa.
Arsene Wenger was keen on bringing the player to the Premier League in the January transfer window, but La Liga leaders decided to keep the hitman.
The Gunners are expected to make another attempt at the end of the season, but Barcelona chief hinted the club will be reluctant to sell before finding a replacement.
“The market is not what it was years ago; we cannot find solutions as we did before. Villa has goals, a feel for the game, end product and aspirations”, former goalkeeper told Radio RAC1.
However, Zubizarreta left the door open, as he stated nothing can be assured after talks with Villa and his agent.
“We do not usually comment on anything. We spoke and talked with him (Villa) and his representative. There is nothing concrete”, he declared.
Spain’s all-time top scorer is lacking first-team football this season, having only started in 11 league games and being substituted in 9 of them.
With only 925 minutes played, manager Jordi Roura has relied more often in other attacking choices as Pedro (1820 minutes), Fabregas (1500) or Alexis Sanchez (1057).
However, his ability to find the opponent’s net is valued at the Camp Nou and luring the striker to The Emirates will be a hard task for Wenger.
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