Arsenal maintain interest in Malaga’s Cazorla

Arsenal will not allow the uncertainty surrounding troubled La Liga club Malaga affect their pursuit of Spain international Santi Cazorla, the Guardian has reported, as Arsene Wenger pushes ahead with a £16m move for the midfielder.

Malaga, owned by a Qatari group, have experienced financial difficulties of late as players have gone unpaid and rumours of a takeover have swirled. The Gunners are keen to bring Cazorla to the Premier League and the Guardian reveals Wenger and the club’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis are watching the situation at Malaga closely, but do not believe it will hamper their deal for Cazorla.

Cazorla joined Malaga a year ago from Villarreal and helped the side from the south coast into the Champions League, making 34 appearances and scoring nine goals. Cazorla was also part of the Spain squad victorious at this summer’s Euro 2012 competition, playing briefly against the Republic of Ireland and France, and also has a winner’s medal from Euro 2008. However, Cazorla missed the 2010 World Cup success through injury.

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