Arsenal Playmaker Lined-Up For Shock Move Back To Spain – Report

By on June 11, 2014

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.


  1. Sarath Palety

    June 11, 2014 at 9:53 am

    If Santi is allowed to leave, surely we must get back Cesc.

    • bc

      June 11, 2014 at 10:43 am

      Santi plays mainly on the left, I can’t see the connection? If anything vela is more likely to replace santi

      However, if the signing of vela is gospel i now think there are 5 places to be confirmed in the 25 man squad (u21s not included)

      ?????? OR martinez
      ?????? OR coquelin,
      ??????? Or miquel
      ????? OR galindo
      ????? OR ryo

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  3. paul35mm

    June 11, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    The only way Arsenal can let Santi go is if they bring back Fabregas. Ozil played wide for Madrid, so it would not be all that shocking a move. I’d hate to lose Cazorla, he’s a terrific player and a class act as a player and a person.

    Cesc is younger, a little better, and buying him back would keep him from Mourinho’s unholy grasp. With Lampard leaving, Chelsea need a central midfielder and there’s none better than Fabregas. Arsenal; can not let that happen.

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