Simeone still hopeful of landing Arsenal star Cazorla

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Atletico Madrid believe that they can persuade the Spain international to join their ranks this summer.


Santi Cazorla has long been a target of Diego Simeone and it would appear the Atletico Madrid manager's chances of finally capturing the 29-year-old are greater than ever following the high-profile arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. At least that is what the Spaniards hope, according to The Mail.


With Arsene Wenger likely to play just the one striker up front, the likes of Sanchez, Ozil, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski will provide tough competition for those starting berths in the line behind.


Cazorla will almost certainly be pushed down the pecking order as a result and Simeone is no doubt aware of this, hence his increasing confidence that the former Malaga man will leave the Emirates in search of regular first-team football in what is now the twilight of his career.


For their part the Gunners will probably not allow Cazorla to leave for £15million despite his age. He has been a success since joining two years ago to the point that he largely overshadowed 'marquee' signing Ozil last season.


A return to Spain for the Iberian obviously has it's attraction but more importantly he would be joining the La Liga champions and Champions League finalists, so in some ways he could view it as a step up. Arsenal did win the FA Cup but fell away from the Premier League title race and get knocked out of Europe early on after all.


The only question mark against a move would be how the player will view the way in which Madrid have lost some of their key players this summer following the departures of Diego Costa and Felipe Luis to Chelsea.


It does not exactly scream of a club building on their success and as Real Madrid and Barcelona redouble their efforts for the forthcoming campaign with the purchases of some of the world's best players the fight for first place is shaping up to be tougher than before.


Cazorla will also be mindful that a lack of playing time could see him miss out on Euro 2016 where Spain shall aim to bounce back from their poor showing at this year's World Cup.


A strong showing for Atletico could see make included in the squad for the former World and European champions who may  need some experience in the squad as a new era of youngster is ushered into the national team set up.

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