Arsenal transfer news: Santi Cazorla linked with Atletico Madrid switch once more

The Gunners ace is reportedly unsettled in England as La Liga side wait

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is looking increasingly likely to move away from the Emirates this summer with Atletico Madrid seeming like the most plausible destination.

The 29-year-old Spain international has performed well in London since joining from Malaga two years ago but, after struggling to settle into the English lifestyle, is eying a move back to his homeland - according to AS.

La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, who need to replace the attacking menace of Diego Costa who joined Chelsea for £30m, have money to spend and have already started their planning for the new season with the capture of French winger Antoine Griezmann.

Cazorla announced yesterday that the Gunners must replicate Atletico's blueprint for success if they are to lift the Premier League trophy this season.

"They had an incredible season last year," he said. "Winning titles takes several campaigns, I admire everything they have conquered. Many people do not realise how hard it is to win a league competing with Barcelona or Madrid."

 

Should Arsene Wenger lose Cazorla to the Madrid club, the Frenchman may invest the money straight back into his squad having already secured deals for Alexi Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and Calum Chambers.

The FA Cup holders have been linked with German international Marco Reus, who recently rejected a new deal with Borussia Dortmund.

Cazorla, speaking to the media during Arsenal's tour of Austria, also gave his predictions for the coming Premier League season.

"Manchester City are the current champions and will always be the ones to watch out for," he added.

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"Manchester United are coming off the back of a bad season - but they will come back stronger this season. Having no European competition this season will focus their attention on the league.

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"Then there's Chelsea, who have  made great signings: Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, Courtois, who has returned but it's difficult to choose one, the problem is that there are many.

"I do not want to forget other teams like Liverpool, who went so close to the title last year, or Tottenham. I'm sure it will be very open and just hope that Arsenal are in the top group."

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