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Cazorla Agrees Terms As Arsenal Close In On €20m Deal

Spain winger Santi Cazorla has told Arsenal he wants to join them as manager Arsene Wenger tries to negotiate a knock-down €20m deal with troubled Malaga.

With the summer transfer window in full swing, Football Talk will be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer news throughout the summer. Today, Arsenal close in on Santi Cazorla.


Spain winger Santi Cazorla appears to be closing in on a move to Arsenal.

The Guardian report claims that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is desperate to land his long-term target and is hoping a €20m (£15.6m) deal can be agreed with Malaga this week.

Negotiations are on-going between the two clubs, with the Spaniards thought to be holding out for the full €45m buy-out clause that inserted into the players contract, but with the club facing the threat of relegation due to their worrying financial situation, they may be forced to sell at a knock down price.

Cazorla wants out of Malaga after only just one season following his €19m move from Villarreal last summer, after the club failed to live up to promises he was made and he’s still waiting on several weeks worth of wages.

The Guardian claim Cazorla has already held talks with Arsenal and told them he is keen to move to the Emirates this summer, while the Daily Mail suggest that personal terms have already been agreed with the player, but the complicated financial situation at Malaga means the future is uncertain.

Malaga have huge debts that must be cleared by 31st July 2012 or they face the threat of being relegated to Second Division B and lose their UEFA licence to play in the champions league. Owner Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani could easily afford to pay-off the debts but so far no more cash has been injected into the club, so the sale of prized asset Cazorla would give the club a quick way of paying off the outstanding debts.

Cazorla is one of four players who threatened to make a formal complaint against Malaga during a meeting with the Spanish players’ union on 13 July due to unpaid wages. Villarreal also claim Malaga still owe them €3.5m from the sale of Cazorla last summer, while the Spanish tax man is demanding almost €7m, so Wenger is hoping a €20m offer for the 27-year-old will be enough to persuade Malaga into a quick sale to settle their worrying financial situation.

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The Gunners could face competition from north London rivals Tottenham for the players signature, with the Express claiming that Spurs are also ready to table a sizeable offer and are prepared to double Cazorla’s €2.5m-a-year salary.

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  1. cassman

    July 24, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Yes would be a good sign in of spurs

    • OnDGooner

      July 25, 2012 at 8:38 am

      Sorry mate, he doesn’t want to play in the EUROPA League!!!lo(hahahahaha)

  2. Maverick

    July 24, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    he has been qouted as saying he will only play for Arsenal or Barca, but has not chosen Barca because at this stage of his career he has to be starting matches………so spurs can bid as much as they want he won’t join them!

  3. Salehe

    July 24, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Don’t believe to be true story, for sure AW will deny tomorrow, that ‘we are not close on signing any player’

  4. Stephen

    July 24, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    gud to c him in Emirate stadium if dat rumours is to be believed!

    • shevyiddo

      July 24, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      Oh yeh blud? dat bwoy comin 2 da lane fe real.Illiterate sod.

      • Mogooner

        July 24, 2012 at 10:39 pm

        You’ve got the cheek to call ANYbody illiterate?!

  5. Skippy

    July 24, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I luv d way AW is silent about the transfer season,carzolar wil join in a secrete way

  6. irone elvis

    July 24, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    It we be nice santi cozorla in emirate next season, but come 2moro wenger will deny going for such a player.

  7. Micheal

    July 24, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Wenger as comfrm nd said we are workng on is move to emirate….it true

  8. george

    July 24, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Let aw should sign m.villa to burst our midfield,

  9. gunner357

    July 24, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    hes coming

  10. wez

    July 24, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    u know arsenal are goin to sign him when wenger says he is workin on signing him, only says that when a player has signed or is about to sign, and 5pur2 fans he has already said it arsenal or barcelona, no1 else, especially to a team that isnt even in the champions league and has a c**t of a chairman

  11. Fall River Gooner

    July 24, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Gotta love the obligatory “Spuds are said to be interested blah, blah, blah, blah” If we said we were interested in the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the English media automatically sticks in that sp*rs were in the mix.

  12. Fall River Gooner

    July 24, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Gotta love the obligatory “Spuds are said to be interested blah, blah, blah, blah” If we said we were interested in the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the English media automatically sticks in that spuds were in the mix.

  13. Danm's

    July 24, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Wow is gud 2 hear dis news if it is true

  14. Buba

    July 24, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    He is definatly coming 2 Arsenal not Spurs, wait a minit, who is Spurs by d way? Can they eva compite with Arsenal? Hell no!

  15. Remmy

    July 24, 2012 at 11:48 pm


  16. Oji erhiga f.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Arsenal is d club dat has d most speculated news so fa dis season so i tink deffinately dat dis is anoda wan of its spk…pleeeeeez AW do smtin b4 is 2 late!

  17. Mayor Francis

    July 25, 2012 at 12:51 am

    That will be very scintilating and fabulous if the news is to be true. At least, he will add some damn good quality in our team. Bring him on! Gunners for life!

  18. Brilliant alabs

    July 25, 2012 at 1:16 am

    good player nice 1,cazorla ‘ll replace cesc,nasri and van persie at a time

  19. DocBrody

    July 25, 2012 at 1:56 am

    This can not be true because every blogger on the world wide interwebs says that Silent Stan is a greedy Yank only interested in making money.

    In all seriousness… this would be great news, and it would mean we’ve spent nearly 50 million in this summers transfer window. If they also make van Persie AND Walcott play out their contracts, well then I don’t think anyone could argue that things haven’t improved under Kroenke compared to the 6 or 7 years before him. He’d be putting 40 or 50 million at risk if they don’t re-sign this season. Add that to the outlays they’ve made toward Podolski, Giraurd, and now possibly Cazorla and you have to admit Stan has really loosened up the reins on Wenger.

    Having said that, just imagine what Wenger could do with Usmanov’s money to throw around.

    • Supercod

      July 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      No different, Usmanov has never ever said he’ll put any of his own money into transfers, just load debt onto the club a la Rangers…..


    July 25, 2012 at 2:09 am

    By GOD’S grace CARZORLA is already a Arsenal player.Things will turn out good for Arsenal this season.GUNNERS TILL DEATH.

  21. Dann

    July 25, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Cazorla is basicly an arsenal player, Wenger was quoted in an interview when asked about cazorla ‘i have no clue who he is’ great signing.

  22. Ajingi

    July 25, 2012 at 4:12 am

    Is a good addition if the story to be true

  23. Felix kipngetich

    July 25, 2012 at 5:21 am

    In AW we trust! Hope Carzola can play lyk Antonio Reyes. Then we will b firing on all cylinders nxt season.

  24. midhun krishnan

    July 25, 2012 at 6:14 am

    i dont understand what does this spuds a** ho*** think of themselves.. they are not even in the champions league.. they are competing with us for oscar hulk and so and so.. good luck arsenal. it will be a nice buy for them. nd piss off spuds u aint a team.. next time u r not gonna come in top 6 coz looserpool will finish above u and we , the european champions are gonna win the pl.

  25. True fan

    July 25, 2012 at 8:16 am

    SPURS! SPURS!! SPURS!!!. Don’t know what that means. Is it another hamlet discovered in the jungles of vietnam? Somebody tell me plz. COYG

  26. Arsenal1Again

    July 25, 2012 at 11:35 am

    The article claims he is a long term target but Wenger admitted the other day he had not heard of him before playing in Malaysia this past week.

    That’s what is called. Pwned!!!!

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