Atletico Madrid plot moves for Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla

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Atletico Madrid are preparing a double raid on Arsenal to sign Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla as replacements for Chelsea-bound stars Filipe Luis and Diego Costa.

The Daily Telegraph reports how Los Rojiblancos boss Diego Simeone has identified the Spanish pair for a move to the Vicente Calderon this summer as he continues his search for reinforcements following the break-up of his La Liga title winning squad.

Cazorla fuelled talk of an Emirates Stadium exit last month when he admitted he had spoken to some of his fellow Spaniards about Atletico Madrid, and following the recent arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, Arsene Wenger might now consider cashing in on the 29-year-old Gunners midfielder.

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Monreal, meanwhile, has struggled to ever really cement his place in the Arsenal team, and currently plays second fiddle to Kieran Gibbs on the left side of defence. The £60,000-a-week star is an expensive back-up option and could be moved on as well if the right offer comes in.

Monreal considering options

The former Malaga full-back had expected to become first-choice when he signed in an £8 million deal in January 2013, but has slipped further and further out of first-team contention. He still has three years to run on his Arsenal contract, but could be tempted back to his homeland with the offer of regular action.

Luis left Atletico Madrid to move to Stamford Bridge in a £16 million deal last week where he'll likely replace Ashley Cole as Jose Mourinho's preferred left-back, with Cesar Azpilicueta set to move back to his favoured position on the opposite flank.

Filipe Luis replacements

Simeone has already completed a deal for full-back Guilherme Siqueira from Granada, but wants to increase competition for places in that are of the pitch. Sevilla's Alberto Moreno is one option, but Monreal has also been sounded out as the man to replace Luis.

The Brazilian defender follows former team-mates Costa and Thibaut Courtois to west London, with the Spain international striker joining Chelsea for a £32 million fee, while the Belgian stopper returns after the completion of his third consecutive season-long loan spell in the Spanish capital.

His fine form for Atletico over the past three years has seen the 22-year-old establish himself as one of the most highly-rated goalkeepers in world football, and will challenge veteran custodian Petr Cech for the No.1 spot at Chelsea this season.

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