Report: Arsenal pinpoint Brazilian ace as possible Santi Cazorla replacement

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Arsenal star Santi Cazorla has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid.

Arsenal are eyeing a deal for Hoffenheim playmaker Roberto Firmino as speculation over Santi Cazorla’s future increases, according to a report in the Mirror.

The Gunners’ Spain international is said to be tracking interest from Atletico Madrid, with Spanish publication Cadena Copa recently claiming an agreement to join the La Liga giants is already in place.

While not much has been made of that report, doubt still lingers in the air over the playmaker’s future and if reports are to be believed, then Bundesliga ace Firmino has been identified as an ideal replacement.

“Arsenal are on the trail of Brazilian playmaker Roberto Firmino - as they fear losing Santi Cazorla. Firmino is on Arsene Wenger’s radar as he continues to shine for German club Hoffenheim. The Gunners’ chief scout Steve Rowley has already made checks on the £20million-rated goalscoring midfielder this season,” the report claims.

The Hoffenheim star is versatile and can play in a variety of positions in the attacking third and, at just 23 years of age, he has plenty of potential.

This season, he has been by far and away the Bundesliga outfit’s best player – scoring six goals and adding a further seven assists in 23 league starts.

Rated at international level with two caps for Brazil, he has plenty of experience despite still being young in footballing terms and a move to a top European club beckons.

However, if Arsene Wenger wishes to sign Firmino this summer then he will have to be swift as Manchester United have also been credited in the past with holding an interest in the player, the Express reported.

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