If reports in today’s Guardian are to be believed, Arsenal have stepped up their pursuit of Malaga’s Santi Cazorla.
The club’s interest was first reported in the Spanish press last week, and the Guardian report suggests that not only has Cazorla told Malaga of his desire to join the Gunners, the two clubs have opened negotiations over a move.
The Spanish side are currently undergoing financial difficulties despite a very high profile Arab investment last summer and with wages remaining unpaid they could face sanctions from the Spanish league.
Cazorla, meanwhile, fits the Arsenal bill perfectly. A highly technical, creative midfielder which the club have been missing since the double departure of Fabregas and Nasri last summer.
Yet while the interest from Arsenal is very real, caution ought to be urged as we missed out on Cazorla last summer to Malaga, while attempts to sign Juan Mata from Valencia floundered despite agreements between both player and club, as well as Arsenal and Valencia.
Cazorla returned to training with Malaga yesterday, after being part of Spain’s triumphant Euro 2012 squad, and with his current club unwilling, or unable, to pay the €3.5m they owe Villarreal for his signing last summer, it means they are disallowed from making any signings until the matter is cleared up.
Whether or not that money owed would complicate an Arsenal deal remains to be seen, but fingers crossed this is one of those stories which plays out to our benefit for once!