Could the interest in Cazorla tempt Arsenal to follow up on £37million target Julian Draxler
Atletico Madrid were rumoured to be interested in Cazorla last summer, however, no move materialised and the 29-year-old went on to help Arsenal lift their first trophy in nine-years thanks to an incredible free-kick in the FA Cup final.
In fact, in the midfielder's last five games in an Arsenal shirt he recorded four assists and one goal, the FA Cup final goal, which shows just how influential he was towards the back end of the season.
Nevertheless, for €22 million, is it the right time for Arsenal to cash in on their influential attacking midfielder and finally land key target Julian Draxler before the chance passes them by and he joins another club?
At 20-years of age, Draxler may not be as cultured as the Spain international, but the timing of the deal does seem perfect if Arsenal are to push on for next season, and beyond, with a greater attacking threat.
Although the Gunners, as it stands, have Podolski, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil and Gnabry who can all play in the wide positions. Draxler could be a player to make that position his own.
Last season, according to WhoScored, he was the 13th best player in the Bundesliga, ahead of the likes of Mkhitaryan, Robben and Thomas Muller and, on paper, would promise to be an excellent signing for Arsene Wenger. Especially, as he could look to mould the young star into his own creation, ala Thierry Henry.
He is a player who, for many, can go onto play at the same level as the best in the world and the longer Arsenal wait around for him, the more likely another team could come in and snap him up.
And with the World Cup around the corner, Arsenal, if they're serious about signing him, will have to be wary of other interest as a good tournament for the youngster could open up doors to other offers.
So, if Cazorla does head for the exit, although I think it unlikely, Draxler could be the perfect replacement for Arsenal to consider as they look to build for the future. However, Arsenal, if they want to sign Draxler, may have to act fast to land their man anyway in order to stop inevitable third-party interest.