Atletico Madrid linked with Arsenal midfielder - could it make way for seemingly Chelsea-bound Cesc Fabregas? Fans discuss latest transfer news.
La Liga kings Atletico Madrid have become victims of their own success.
A domestic title in Spain and a Champions League final appearance in the last season, all whilst playing well-disciplined football, has alerted a number of elite-level European clubs to their top talent - with prolific net-buster Diego Costa ready to join Chelsea in a £32 million deal, who could be joined by Filipe Luis at Stamford Bridge also.
Then there is Koke Resurreccion, a gifted 22-year-old attack-minded playmaker, seemingly coveted by Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and even Barcelona. All of whom could offer substantially higher wages.
Costa to West London is a virtual guarantee, with the striker - currently on World Cup duty with Spain - telling radio station Cadena Cope that he "could be" on his way to the Blues in an imminent move.
Most of the transfer talk has focused on players who could be leaving Vicente Calderon, with not much copy dedicated to whom Diego Simeone could be signing to act as replacements.
MARCA reported yesterday that Atletico could place a £20 million bid for Arsenal's FA Cup hero Santi Cazorla, who could, in theory, be lined up as an option if the sale of Koke becomes a foregone conclusion.
While Cazorla has been a consistent Premier League performer with a delicate touch and intricate passing movement, he is 29-years-old and approaching the age where manager Arsene Wenger thinks twice about offering anything other than a one-year extension.
The Frenchman may be tempted to cash-in on the Spaniard - a scenario some supporters would welcome…
Commenting on the HITC: Sport report about the Atleti interest yesterday, reader Jonn Hirons commented: "[For] £20 million, I'd go for that, not only a profit, but a good amount for a player approaching the end of his peak, he is no longer as important as he was for us, with the signing of [Mesut] Ozil and the emergence of Rambo I see him as more of a squad player than anything else.
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"I see Cazorla as backup so £20m ain't half bad, and would pretty much pay for [Antoine] Griezmann too. If they come up with £20m I'd snap their hand of to be honest, especially with the "I might have to leave" comments he made earlier in the season."
Another HITC: Sport reader, simply known as B, said: "[This is a] tough one… Cazorla is a quality player who offers goals, assists and great passes, not to forget his unreal dribbling, however, Cazorla is 29 and will be 30 soon, so Wenger as we know him will only offer him one year contracts.
"If Atletico offers £20m we could squeeze maybe and additional £5m to £6m out of them, given they are actually interested. If we sell him now, Wenger will be alerted to a hole in midfield, now Fabregas springs to mind. This time he [Cesc] is actually available for a cut-price deal [and] he loves us, he would fill the void in flexibility and creativity, is a world class player and would make the fans happy."
Cazorla to Atleti for €22m certainly opens up a spot and money for bringing Cescy back. I love Santi though, I'd rather have both! #AFC— WeSignedMesutÖzil (@YouSoldBale) June 10, 2014
Fran said on HITC: Sport: "If this comes to pass and Arsenal don't sign Cesc as his replacement; I'm done. Seriously ive said and posted on numerous blogs sign Cesc and sell Cazza. Not only is Caz getting on age-wise but his form has been indifferent to say the least.
"Not to mention that Cesc is a class above. But if we allow a truly world class player to go to a club who are in realistic terms now our most hated foe, when we can easily afford to stop it and lose Cazza its nothing short of criminal."