Atletico Madrid readying £20m bid for Arsenal star Santi Cazorla?

According to reports in Spain, Atletico may be tempted to put in an opportunistic bid for top Gunner Cazorla.

Atletico Madrid are eager to bring Santi Cazorla back to Spain, according to reports in MARCA.

Cazorla, 29-years-old, is one of Arsene Wenger's most technically proficient attackers and it seems unlikely that the Frenchman would ratify the sale of the midfielder, particularly when he was able to spur any advances last summer.

"Atletico Madrid are said to be targeting Arsenal and Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla once again. 'Los Rojiblancos' tried to sign Cazorla last summer and could now offer £20 million to bring him to Madrid," write MARCA.

  ClubTouch /AppPass AccPass /AppMins /ChanceCross AccDribbleShot AccGoalAppMins
Cazorla Arsenal 83.65 86.3% 62.48 38.76 0.26% 92 36.99 4 31 2,597

Cazorla was in hot creative form last term and his 83 touches per game average underlines just how frequently he was on the ball and how big an influence he is on each game. 

The diminutive playmaker was instrumental in Arsenal's come-from-behind FA Cup triumph over Hull City, as it was his dead ball conversion that sparked the turnaround, as he netted from a free kick to take the score to 2-1 before half-time.

In Premier League competition, Cazorla was a master of the pass - finding a team-mate 86% of the time. He also created a chance every 38 minutes, was a precise crosser of the football, attempted 92 dribbles and was accurate with 36% of his shots. Perhaps the only criticism of his game is that he does not score enough from the positions he finds himself in.

Atletico defender Juanfran recently said: "I'm trying to convince everyone [at Atleti] to stay and also many national team players to join Atletico Madrid. Santi is one of them."

Cazorla is content at Arsenal, though, and even suggested he would be delighted to welcome Cesc Fabregas to Arsenal.

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