Atletico Madrid have launched a surprise bid to bring midfielder Santi Cazorla back to Spain from Arsenal.
A report in the Daily Mail claims Atleti chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin was in London on Tuesday night in a bid to persuade the Gunners to part with the 28-year-old Spanish international.
Gil Marin was anxious to speak to the Londoners’ Dick Law, who deals with transfers and is not part of the club’s current tour to the Far East, as the Spaniards have some money to spend following Radamel Falcao’s move to Monaco.
Cazorla has not yet linked up with the rest of the Arsenal squad following his exertions for his country at the Confederations Cup in Brazil and, despite becoming a firm favourite with the Emirates faithful, it is understood he has failed to settle in London.
Atletico tried to sign Cazorla from Malaga last summer but could not match Arsenal’s €18m offer, although this morning they denied trying to sign the player from Arsenal.
“I don’t have any news for you about Cazorla. These are things that are made up every day,” club President Enrique Cerezo told reporters.