Transfer news and rumours: Santi Cazorla to leave Arsenal for Atletico Madrid, Liverpool eye Miralem Pjanic, Danny Ings flies to Spain

The biggest transfer news and rumours on Monday 16 February

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Arsenal are currently profiting from the rich vein of form that Santi Cazorla has embarked on, but reports in Spain claim the midfielder has already agreed to join reigning Spanish league champions Atletico Madrid.

Spanish radio station Cadena Cope claims that the 30-year-old, whose future came under question last summer, will return to Spain at the end of the season despite his sparkling performances of late that have rejuvenated the Gunners’ season.

Liverpool are maintaining interest in Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic as they continue to seek a replacement for Steven Gerrard when the captain leaves at the end of the season. The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier League with the Bosnia-Herzegovina international identified as a perfect candidate to replace LA Galaxy-bound Gerrard. The Daily Express reports that he could move to Liverpool alongside Roma team-mate Radja Nainggolan and Lazio forward Keita Balde Diao in a £75m spending spree.


Burnley striker Danny Ings has flown to Spain to hold talks with Real Sociedad manager David Moyes over a proposed move to Spain at the end of the season. 22-year-old forward Ings is out of contract at the end of the season, and the Daily Mail reports that he is currently in talks over a deal to take him to La Liga.

Radja Nainggolan is linked with a move to Liverpool

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midfielder Juan Mata could also be primed for a return to Spain with The Sun reporting that Atletico will make a move for the 26-year-old amid doubts about his future at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal. The 26-year-old has found himself on the fringe of the starting XI as Van Gaal continues to deliberate over his best side, and he is rumoured to have been identified as a possible solution to Atletico’s current issues in front of goal following the 2-0 defeat to Celta Vigo at the weekend.

Dybala was linked with a move to north London in January

Finally, the future of Paulo Dybala remains up in the air with reports in Spain claiming Arsenal will bid for the Palermo striker as he will be allowed to leave at the end of the season. The 21-year-old was linked with a move to either the Gunners or their north London rivals Tottenham during the January transfer window, and the intense speculation forced the club to repeatedly deny that he would be leaving. However, it appears the Argentinian will be allowed to leave when the transfer window reopens in the summer.