Arsenal to pounce on Malaga woes with Cazorla signing

Arsenal are expected to move for Malaga winger Santi Cazorla after the Spain international told Arsene Wenger he was willing to move to the Premier League with the Gunners. A fee of over £16m is expected, according to the Guardian.

The newspaper adds that Arsenal and Malaga have held negotiations over the transfer of the player, with Malaga originally holding out for the full release clause – €45m – in Cazorla’s contract in an attempt to dissuade Wenger from following up his interest. But the club’s parlous financial situation – which has seen players gone unpaid – has encouraged Malaga to make a deal for Cazorla with Arsenal at less than half his buyout fee.

Cazorla joined Malaga from Villarreal a year ago and made 34 appearances for Malaga last season, scoring nine goals. The 27-year-old also has nearly 50 caps for Spain to his name, and was part of the victorious Euro 2012 squad as well as the Euro 2008 squad of four years earlier, but missed out on the 2010 World Cup due to a hernia.

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