Atletico Madrid Prepare €20m Arsenal Playmaker Bid

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Emirates Stadium side may be tempted by offer from La Liga side.

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La Liga title holders Atletico Madrid are readying a €20m (£15.8m) bid for Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla according to Spanish source AS.

Such an offer may well be seriously considered by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger given the 29 year old’s fairly average second campaign at the Emirates Stadium.

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The pint-sized attacker netted just four goals in 31 Premier League fixtures last term and the signing of Alexis Sanchez could well lead to the former Malaga man playing a limited role in the Arsenal first team set-up.

Cazorla turns 30 in December and as such an offer of this magnitude would be hard to ignore, indeed such a sum would be practically the same amount as the north London side paid for the player back in August 2012.

Having spent over £60m on the aforementioned Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and Calum Chambers there may also be a need for Wenger to balance the books with a player sale or two and that may make such an offer all the more appealing.

Diego Simeone is keen to strengthen his squad having seen some top performers leave this summer.

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