Well there are a pair of monster stories this morning. First up is the shock news that Arsenal’s classy midfielder Santi Cazorla has agreed personal terms with Atletico Madrid and that the two clubs are now talking about a transfer fee.
The news was reported in Spain during the night by Marca. Interestingly it hasn’t been picked up by any of the UK papers yet – though I am sure it is a matter of time.
It sounds unlikely though doesn’t it? Cazorla had a successful start to his Arsenal career, seems happy at the club and has given no impression of angling for a move…
Yet this would be the third time that the player has moved in three years – bit of a pattern?
It could just be that the player’s agent is pushing for extra cash to put him on the same level as other Arsenal players. But if there is some truth in this it is a tad worrying. Maybe Arsene better start thinking about Cesc again.
Meanwhile the papers are full of the story that Arsenal are about to bid again for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez.
The Metro has just gone live with this
Suarez’s representatives believe they can force through a transfer if an offer of £40m is lodged – something Liverpool contest.
The Reds believe they only have to inform the player of a bid, and have no obligation to accept, but the striker’s camp wants this theory put to the test.
Suarez has indicated his willingness to join both Arsenal and Madrid, but it’s the Gunners who are the most likely to firm up their original offer in the 26-year-old.
Maybe it is just me but I still can’t see this happening either. Surely the Suarez bids are a smoke screen to get Real to hurry up and buy the player so that Arsenal can get a better deal on Higuain. Around £40 million for a player is a lot of money ,especially one who can’t be guaranteed not to miss chunks of the season through his misdemeanours.