Villa tells Barcelona he wants Arsenal move
Sources close to the deal claim Villa is very keen on a move to the Emirates Stadium during the transfer window and wants to speak with the north London club.
And it is believed Villa will make a personal request to Barca's hierarchy to accelerate a move to the Premier League.
Barcelona are resisting attempts from various European clubs to loan Villa, insisting they will only consider a permanent switch.
Barca have told their Arsenal counterparts that only a £16million offer will be enough to prise Villa away but they are expecting a formal bid.