Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla will be a subject to a bid from Atletico Madrid.
The Spanish side has made an approach for Cazorla last summer as well and are set to do it again as Diego Simeone wants quality in the middle of the part to challenge for silverware again this coming season.
The Premier League side would definitely want to keep hold of their key player. Arsenal do have numerous attacking options in the midfield in the form of Mezut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, but it looks highly unlikely that Wenger would let Cazorla depart on the cheap. From Cazorla’s perspective, his place in the Gunners midfield is obviously under threat and the 29-year-old may be ready to return to Spain.
Persistent efforts by Atletico could see Cazorla coming to the club. It is believed that ‘Los Rojiblancos’ could now offer €22 million to bring him to Madrid.
Atlético and Spain defender Juanfran Torres spoke recently about the possibility of Asturian Cazorla joining his club: “I’m trying to convince everyone to stay and also many national team players to join Atlético de Madrid. Santi is one of them”.
Ironically, the defender recently rejected Arsenal’s advances and made it clear that he wants to remain with the Madrid club. This was the second effort as Spanish daily AS claimed that Arsene Wenger wanted the right-back in 2013 as well and offered to increase Juanfran’s salary four-fold. But Juanfran decided to stay with the Spanish club and was rewarded with a new contract.
The La Liga champions are going to be considerably diminished in the summer as a host of players are linked with a move away from the Spanish side. Striker David Villa has already departed for newly made MLS side New York City and Diego Costa is Chelsea bound. The midfield is also not safe as Tiago is poised to leave the team and Koke is a target for numerous clubs.
Diego Simeone’s side have attained the services of Argentinian prodigy Andres Correa from San Lorenzo but this signing is for the future and is not one that would fill the void made by the departures from the club right now.
A move for Cazorla makes perfect sense and is one which would benefit all three parties. The 29 year old is a tested player whose game could perhaps become even better upon a return to his homeland. He would be joining the league champions and would be helping Simeone’s side in their effort to sustain the spectacular effort they put in this season. Arsenal would also not mind cashing in on the player as they have enough players to not let his departure affect their plams considerably