In the latest Arsenal transfer news, Spain midfielder Cazorla - currently on World Cup duty in Brazil - says he knows Atleti well…
If Atletico Madrid were unsure of the likelihood of success in their reported pursuit of Arsenal attacker Santi Cazorla they will no doubt be buoyed by the player's refusal to quell the transfer speculation.
The Spaniard has been a main-stay in the Gunners first-team throughout the two seasons he has spent at the Emirates Stadium and, in his last game, the FA Cup final against Hull City, he returned his most significant kick of a ball while wearing the red and white of North London as it was his whappa of a free kick that acted as the catalyst for Arsenal's dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 victory.
"When the World Cup is over, I’ll start thinking about my situation," Cazorla said in a frank interview with AS regarding the transfer rumours linking him with a summer transfer.
He continued: "I don’t want to be thinking about it right now and I’ve told my agents not to tell me anything if an offer comes in."
While it seems Cazorla does not want to discuss any offer while the World Cup is ongoing, he may be more receptive once he returns from Brazil: "I know a few of the Atletico players – Godin, Juanfran and I know the side well from when I was playing the Spanish league," he said.
"But until the tournament is over, I won’t know if the rumours are true or not."
Cazorla, 29, has a transfermarkt.co.uk valuation of £26.4 million. His Gunners contract still has two years to run, however, Wenger may be interested in cashing in on the player now, rather than face the prospect of receiving lower funds in the future when his market value has deteriorated due to age.