Transfer news: Arsenal warn Atletico Madrid that Santi Cazorla is not available at any price
The Spanish side are hopeful of signing the midfielder
Arsenal have warned Atletico Madrid off a move to sign Santi Cazorla - telling them the midfielder is not available at any price.
The Spanish side lost out to Arsenal when Cazorla was sold by Malaga 12 months ago, but are ready to make another attempt to sign the Spain international according to reprts today
Following the £50m departure of Radamel Falcao to Monaco this summer they have money to spend, and despite adding David Villa to the squad, are eager to make more additions.
A representative of Atletico was reportedly in London to negotiate a deal and reports in Spain suggest the player has agreed terms. However, Atletico president Enrique Cerezo has denied this, telling Marca.com: "We have no news of Cazorla. These are invented stories that are made up every day."
Whatever Atletico's position, Arsenal are adamant that Cazorla, 28, is a key part of their plans and is not available at any price.
Arsenal are hoping Cazorla can help them end their trophy drought and are looking to strengthen the squad, with £70m in transfer funds available to manager Arsene Wenger.
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
Latest in Sport
- 2 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 War is war: Why I stand with Israel
- 5 Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
Emergency data law: David Cameron plots to bring back snoopers’ charter
NUT strike: David Cameron announces crackdown on strike action ahead of mass industrial action