By Will Butcher
Serie A rivals AC Milan and Inter Milan are in a battle to sign Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla, according to a report.
The 31-year-old’s future is in doubt, as his contract is set to expire next summer and he is free to talk to non-English clubs in just over a months’ time.
The Sun’s live transfer blog (23rd November, 11.18pm), claims that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger might be tempted to cash in on his crocked midfield star.
Spain international Cazorla has failed to feature for the Gunners since the 6-0 Champions League victory against Ludogorets back in October.
An achilles injury is keeping the former Villarreal and Malaga star on the sidelines, a problem which kept him out for seven games last season between March and April.
Cazorla may find it difficult to earn a new contract in North London if he fails to return to full fitness and impress manager Arsene Wenger.
Since his £15million move to the Emirates in the summer of 2012, Cazorla has made 177 league and cup appearances in a red and white shirt as well as finding the back of the net 29 times.
Football Insider verdict:
Losing a player of Cazorla’s calibre and skill would affect any side. Technically outstanding and with a wide range of passing, he has been a major influence at Arsenal and has been a nailed-on starter throughout his four years at the club. Now aged 31 and increasingly troubled by injury, time is catching up with Cazorla. With the form of Mesut Ozil in the number 10 role and a number of options in holding midfield, Cazorla may find that his time at Arsenal is up. Able to dictate the tempo of a match, Cazorla may find that the style of the Serie A suits him as he turns 32 next month. It’s of no doubt that if either of the Milan sides do sign Cazorla, they will be pulling off a massive coup.
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