Arsene Wenger’s long-time pursuit of former Barcelona and Valencia marksmen David Villa could yet bear fruit amid reports that Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is willing to let the forward leave the club this summer.
But the Arsenal boss could face stiff competition for the signature of the 32-year-old though, with Marca reporting that the striker is the subject of interest from an as yet unnamed Major League Soccer club.
Villa was previously linked with a move to the Emirates last summer, as the Gunners looked to bolster the striking options available to them.
But with no agreement forthcoming, the then-Barcelona forward opted to transfer to Atletico where, despite some minor injury issues, the striker has done well, scoring 13 goals in 26 appearances for the club, who remain in the hunt for a first La Liga title since 1996.
Simeone’s side are three points off leaders Real Madrid and can currently be backed at 8/1 to win the Spanish league.
Arsenal, meanwhile, remain in the hunt for a first Premier League title in 10 years and are at 12/1 to take the top domestic honours, while the Gunners are also still in the mix for the FA Cup and can be backed at 4/9 to claim that particular piece of silverware.
However should Wenger fail to claim victory on either front then a summer move for Villa could yet be in order with the experienced striker potentially taking on an important squad role for the north London club.
But Arsenal may not be alone in their pursuit of the striker, with Tottenham also believed to have expressed an interest in recruiting the forward last summer.
Spurs have endured a season to forget in front of goal and though Villa may not be a signing for the long-term, his goals could prove priceless for a team with ambitions of Champions League football.
In the meantime Villa and the footballing world will turn their attention to Arsenal this weekend, with the Gunners in action against title rivals Chelsea and 16/5 for a rare win at Stamford Bridge.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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