Arsenal are lining up a bid for Malaga playmaker Santi Cazorla, casting further doubt over the fitness of Jack Wilshere, according to the Daily Mirror.
Jack Wilshere has been out of action for a year following an ankle injury, and was expected back at the beginning of the upcoming season. However, a date has not yet been announced as to when he will return, meaning the Gunners are set to invest and buy Spaniard Cazorla to fill Wilshere’s void.
Cazorla’s current employees Malaga are willing to sell their 27 year old for £20 million as they face financial problems, and Arsenal will be hoping to raise such funds by selling Captain Robin van Persie, who has attracted interest from Juventus, Man City and Man United.
Arsene Wenger is also still looking to bring in Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila, as well as Caen’s M’Baye Niang, who has been the subject of attention from a number of Premier League clubs.
The signing of Cazorla, who took part in both of Spain’s successful European Championship campaigns in 2008 and 2012, will add experience and attacking prowess to the Arsenal ranks, in addition to the already done deals of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud.