Santi Cazarla has not taken part in training with Malaga this morning, with speculation mounting he’s on his way to London to complete his transfer to Arsenal.
Diario Sur reports that yesterday was the Spanish international’s final training session with his current club and if he’s traveling to London it suggests everything is agreed between Arsenal and Malaga.
Cazorla would become the third high profile signing of the summer after Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud and the common denominator in all three is their age and experience. Although Arsenal still focus on youth it looks more and more as if those solutions will be found internally while the transfer policy has shifted somewhat.
The club are also hopeful of signing Nuri Sahin from Real Madrid on a season long loan deal but the absence of a purchase option appears to be the sticking point at this moment in time.
Meanwhile, Catalan daily Sport say that a Barcelona move for Alex Song ‘could’ be closed within 48 hours and despite the fact they list Yossi Benayoun as one of Arsenal’s midfield options, there’s a growing sense that the interest from Barça is real.
With Darren Dein as his agent, Song would be treading a well worn path to the Camp Nou, but it remains to be seen whether Arsene Wenger is willing to sanction such a deal. It seems unlikely given the injury problems we have in midfield and the development work Wenger has put into the Cameroonian, but stranger things have happened in football.