David Villa will cost Arsenal 16m

EXCLUSIVE: Yours for 16m! Arsenal handed price for Villa as race with Chelsea for Barca ace hots up

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01:32 GMT, 28 December 2012

Arsenal have been quoted 16million for Barcelona striker David Villa.

Sportsmail revealed manager Arsene Wenger’s interest in the 31-year-old on Saturday.

And Gunners officials have been told it will take €20million to land Spain’s record goalscorer.

On the move Arsenal have been quoted 16m if they want to bring David Villa to the Emirates

On the move Arsenal have been quoted 16m if they want to bring David Villa to the Emirates

Arsene Wenger would prefer a short-term loan for the former Valencia star, who is also a target for Chelsea, but is willing to offer a permanent move if the price is right.

However, the fee quoted by Barca is likely to be deemed too much by Arsenal because of Villa’s age.

Despite the fact he is a peripheral figure for Barcelona, the Spanish giants are not desperate to sell Villa next month.

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They are more open to offloading him in the summer, by which time Wenger is likely to have alternative targets.

Arsenal may face a fight for the striker, however, with Chelsea also believed to be in for Villa.

Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Oriol Romeu would be delighted if his fellow Spaniard did make the switch to Stamford Bridge.

'I
don't know that Villa's situation is, but if a great player like him
comes, the record goalscorer with the national team, he would be
welcomed and we would be happy,' said Romeu, quoted as telling Spanish
radio show Esports Cope.

But Barca
midfielder Andres Iniesta hopes Villa stays put, telling reporters
today: 'I don't know if there's a chance (he could leave), I don't think
so, although for me personally I wouldn't like it if he did, because
Villa is a vital player.'

Transfer talk: Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Oriol Romeu would be delighted if Barca striker David Villa arrived at Stamford Bridge

Transfer talk: Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Oriol Romeu would be delighted if Barca striker David Villa arrived at Stamford Bridge