Santi Cazorla could be set to leave Arsenal this summer, as he has suggested he would like to return to Spain and play for Atletico Madrid.
ESPN reports that the 29-year-old is rumoured to be so keen on a move back to Spain that he is willing to take a paycut to move to Atletico, as they wouldn't be able to match his £5 million a year deal at Arsenal.
They would though be willing to give him a longer deal and a huge role, as Diego Simeone's midfield of last season has been blighted. Both Diego Ribas and Tiago Mendes are out of contract, with Koke and Christian Rodriguez heading for moves away for Los Rojiblancos.
Simeone is a long time admirer of the Arsenal man and would be keen to sign him this summer, for a fee around the £15 million which he arrived for two seasons ago from Malaga, as he still has three years left on his contract.
The Spaniard also confirmed that he had been talking to his Spanish teammate Juanfran about life playing for Atletico and told ESPN: "Everyone tells me Atletico is a good club, Koke and Juanfran are there as well. But I do not know anything. Until after the World Cup I do not want to know."
He didn't quash the rumours at any stage saying: “When the World Cup is over, I’ll start thinking about my situation".
This has added to the speculation that Cazorla won't be a Gunner next season, as he is yet to deny the link.
Spain's early exit from the World Cup means that the he may have to address the situation sooner than anticipated, meaning that his future may be known as soon as late this week or early next week.
Clear thought has been given to a move though, which could displease Arsenal fans and mean that even if he quashes the rumours, uncertainty will remain around his position at the Emirates all the way to deadline day.
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