Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has dismissed reports suggesting that he is in London trying to sign Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla.

The Daily Mail newspaper reported earlier this morning that the Spanish club had made Arsenal a £17.9m bid for the Spaniard and that the chief executive of the La Liga club was in London to try and hold talks with some of the Arsenal officials, but those suggestions have been rubbished.

Cazorla, who signed for Arsenal back in the summer for a fee estimated around £12m, is not currently with the squad on their Far East tour after he took part in the Confederations Cup with Spain, so he and his team-mate Nacho Monreal have both been given an extended holiday to recover.

Original reports had suggested that Miguel Angel Gil Marin, the club's chief executive, was in England opening up discussions with the Premier League side about a move for the Spanish playmaker, but the club's president has denied those rumours and has revealed that no talks have taken place and there is no interest in Cazorla.

"We have no news of Cazorla," he told reporters. "They are inventions that occur every day."

Madrid were keen on signing Cazorla when he was playing in Spain both with Villarreal and Malaga, but it was ex-Gunner Robert Pires, who he played with in his Villarreal days, who persuaded the Spaniard to go to the Premier League to join Arsenal.


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