North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are set to battle it out for Malaga’s Spanish international playmaker Santi Cazorla, who could cost £18m.
As both teams look to secure Champions League qualification in 2013, new signings will be paramount and they’ve already made moves in the market – Arsenal bagged Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski to beef up their attack, whilst Andre Villas-Boas swooped to make Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen his first signings as new Spurs manager.
Luka Modric could be set for the White Hart Lane exit door, prompting speculation of moves for a replacement such as Joao Moutinho, whilst Arsenal are looking to replace Andriy Arshavin, with teams across the globe wanting to snap up the Russian.
With Malaga’s owners reportedly struggling to pay their players wages, midfielders Cazorla and Isco may be sold to raise funds, with a price of £16.5m above Cazorla’s head – prompting interest from Arsenal and Spurs.
Cazorla is a technically gifted midfield player who can play on either flank or as an attacking midfielder, but has struggled to make a real impact at international level for Spain – it’s nothing against him as a player, it’s just that players like Xavi, Iniesta, David Silva and Cesc Fabregas happen to be knocking about too.
It’s no coincidence that Villarreal secured Champions League qualification with Cazorla in the team, then he helped Malaga do the same in the same season Villarreal got relegated. You can’t underestimate how much Cazorla’s loss impacted on Villarreal, who missed his spark and creativity from midfield.
If it came down to a straight choice between Arsenal and Spurs, I think Cazorla should go to Arsenal.
With Spurs already having secured Sigurdsson, moving for Cazorla wouldn’t make a great deal of sense, whereas at Arsenal he could have the ability to roam free behind a striker and create from a more advanced position than he would at White Hart Lane – which suits his game.
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