The Birmingham Mail says when the 29-year-old arrived from the Catalan capital on loan earlier this year, it was widely reported that there is a clause in the agreement that allows Villa to exercise an option to make the move permanent for €40 million (£33.3 million) this summer.
It is now being reported by Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano that the board is wanting to 'wait until May' before making a final call.
Need a VPN? Or seeking to switch? Then support Tribal Football by clicking here to sign up with our official partners NordVPN. Not only will you receive the best VPN experience, but also great discounts by signing up via Tribal Football. Thanks for your support!