According to The Guardian, Arsenal have agreed terms with Spanish international and Malaga’s top scorer of the 2011/12 season Santi Cazorla.
If you are not already familiar with Cazorla, the Spaniard was linked with Arsenal last summer, but instead moved to high-spending Malaga from Villareal.
Ironically Cazorla was sold from Villareal to cover debt and now Malaga face losing the Spaniard at a cut-rate price for the exact same reason with their Quatari based owner refusing to inject more money into the club to cover outstanding player wages and transfer fees.
With a basic agreement reportedly in place with the player, it is claimed Wenger is hoping a £15.6m bid will be enough for Malaga to release the player as financial pressures could force them to sell below his €45m buy-out clause.
When asked on Cazorla a couple of days ago Wenger reportedly grinned and said, “I don’t know this guy.” Usually a good indication that he is interested.
Cazorla is an extremely versatile midfielder who can play on both wings as well as in the advanced midfielder role and is also a dead-ball specialist. The Spaniard played an instrumental part in Malaga’s first ever Champions League qualification.
Depth in the attacking midfield position has been on the wishlist of many Gooners with injury prone Rosicky (who is set to miss the start of the season) and out-of-favour Russian Andrey Arshavin (who may yet be transferred elsewhere) the only experienced players recognised in that position, while Ramsey, Chamberlain and Eisfield still have much to learn.
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