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Arsenal Playmaker Lined-Up For Shock Move Back To Spain – Report
Santi Cazorla is being lined-up for a shock move back to La Liga with reports in Spain suggesting that Atletico Madrid are set to table a €22m bid for the playmaker.
The La Liga champions have been linked with Cazorla in the past and were believed to have made enquiries last summer but were told in no uncertain terms that the 29-year-old wasn’t for sale.
But it seems they are ready to renew their interest with Madrid-based newspaper Marca claiming that Diego Simeone’s side are preparing a €22m offer – which works out at around £18m – after making Cazorla one of their key summer transfer targets.
Atletico defender Juanfran confirmed that he’s doing his best to try and persuade Santi to join him at the Vicente Calderon, recently saying:
“I’m trying to convince everyone to stay and also many national team players to join Atlético de Madrid. Santi is one of them”.
Of course this isn’t the first time an Arsenal player has been ‘tapped up’ by a Spanish team mate. I’m sure you will all remember how several Spanish players openly talked about Cesc Fabregas joining Barcelona before his move three years ago. I wonder if Juanfran plans to force an Atletico shirt over Santi’s head?
£18m is more than we paid Malaga two years ago, but it would be a HUGE shock if Wenger agreed to sell. Cazorla only recently signed a new contract and he’s an integral part of the team, so I think Atletico are going to be politely told where to go if they do come calling again this summer.