Barcelona this January transfer window.
Villa has been a bit-part player this season and has not started for six consecutive matches now, coming on as a substitute or not even featuring at all. It had been claimed that the striker would seek a move away from the Camp Nou for first team football with Arsenal and Liverpool reportedly making moves for his signature.
Barcelona however seem to have gone from slapping a £16 million price tag on Villa’s head to now claiming he is not allowed to leave at all, with Sandro Rosell telling Catalan radio station RAC1: “I completely rule out the transfer of Villa during the winter market. He is ours and we need him, there is a lot of the season left.”
Villa has been hampered by serious injury yet has now returned to fitness and still cannot break into a side that boasts some of the very best players in the world. Whilst he may not be able to force a move this winter, it seems likely that this saga will run and run with the player arguably looking elsewhere again in the summer.