The Sun reports that if Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas makes the long awaited switch to Spanish giants Barcelona, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will make a move for Villlarreal’s Santi Cazorla.
Villarreal want £20m for the Spanish international and Arsenal face competition from wealthy La Liga outfit Malaga. The Gunners are reported to be only interested in paying a maxium fee of £17m and could lose out on signing the 26 year old, if Malaga are ready to increase the fee.
Cazorla has 23 goals in 127 league starts for Villarreal and is the main playmaker in the Villarreal side, providing 10 assists last season. He has spoken over his future and has said that he will be told when any firm interest is taken in him.
He said: ‘I haven’t spoken to anyone officially, but the club has kept me informed’.
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Nasri could sit out season.
Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri is prepared to sit out the one year left on his Arsenal contract and leave for nothing next season, according to The Sun.
The French midfielder has reportedly told teammates that he will not be signing a new deal at the club and will snub the £115,000 a week contract offered by the Gunners. Nasri is looking to force a £20m transfer through to Manchester City and is currently in Germany for a friendly against Bundesliga side Cologne on Saturday afternoon.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was asked whether Nasri’s future is sorted and said: ‘Not completely, but I want him to stay. Hopefully, we can sort that out in the coming weeks’. Wenger faces the possible horror of losing both Nasri and captain Cesc Fabregas before the start of the season.
Both transfers could depend on the move of the others. If Nasri stays for another year and moves next season on a free, Fabregas is widely expected to go this summer. Fabregas could end up staying in North London, if Nasri forces through a £20m switch to Eastlands.
Vermaelen: We must look forward.
Arsenal centre back Thomas Vermaelen insists that his side must look forward and aim to end their six year wait for a trophy, Sky Sports reports.
Vermaelen missed most of last season with an Achilles problem, but impressed in his first season at the club in 2009/2010 since signing from Dutch side Ajax. The Belgian international is now fired up for the start of the season and looking to provide some defensive strength that Arsenal missed last season towards the end of their campaign.
The 25-year-old said: ‘Everybody starts from zero and everybody has to start again. You get a new chance and that’s always a good feeling when people give you another chance to win something. The past is behind us and it’s good to look into the future. That’s what we do now – we’ll start all over again with a new chance and we will go for it this year.’
Defensive frailties became Arsenal’s problems last season and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is looking towards Everton defender Phil Jagielka or Bolton centre back Gary Cahill to aid his defence this season. Vermaelen is expected to partner one of those two, if signed, which could leave Frenchman Laurent Koscielny and Swiss international Johann Djourou out in the cold.
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