Arsenal blow as target Villa will be offered new Barcelona deal
13:42 GMT, 17 March 2013
12:06 GMT, 18 March 2013
Arsenal could miss out on signing David Villa after Barcelona have offered him a new contract.
The striker is due to be a free agent in 14 months time, with several English clubs sniffing around to see if they can get him for a reduced price.
However, Barcelona feel he still has a very important role at the club and staying in Spain may be his best chance of competing for a place in the national side.
Natural: David Villa scored in Barcelona's 4-0 win against AC Milan
Arsenal's striking problems have been well documented of late, with Arsene Wenger allowing Theo Walcott some time up front before switching back to Olivier Giroud for the most recent games.
Forward Marouane Chamakh is currently on-loan at West Ham after failing to convince his manager that he has much of a future at the club.
As for Villa, Spain's record goalscorer has been out of favour at the Nou Campafter returning at the start of the season from eight months out with a broken leg.
Rival: Alexis Sanchez is Villa's biggest competition in the team
The 31-year-old joined Barcelona from Valencia in 2010 for a fee of 35million, and is reportedly on a deal worth 7m a year.
If first-team football is what Villa wants, then he may wait until the summer and consider his future before signing any new contract.
Record: Villa is Spain's top goalscorer with 53 goals in 86 games