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La Liga trio join race for Arsenal midfielder

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Three La Liga clubs have joined Juventus in the hunt for Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla, according to Spanish website Fichajes.

The Spanish international is out of contract at the Emirates at the end of the current season, and as of yet has not been offered a new deal to extend his four-year stay in North London.

Serie A champions Juventus expressed an interest in the 31-year-old earlier in the week in a bid to prevent him signing a new deal at the Emirates.

And now it appears that Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, and Valencia are also intently monitoring the situation surrounding Cazorla’s future.

The Spanish international has made nine appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side so far this season, and scored in their 3-1 win at Watford and their 2-1 home victory over Southampton, both of which from the penalty spot.

It is hardly surprising that interest in the Arsenal man has intensified in the last few days, given his quality and the impact he has made on the Gunners side since arriving in 2012.

This recent interest may force Arsenal to quicken the process surrounding Cazorla’s contract, with the Spaniard saying earlier in the week that he’d be delighted to stay at the Emirates beyond the current season.

However, the four clubs keeping tabs on the Spaniard may attempt to sway his decision by bidding for him in January, illustrating their desire to land him even if he goes on a free in the summer.

Although it’s unclear whether they’ll go in for him in the transfer window, the speculation is certainly building, and is likely to continue building the longer Cazorla goes without signing a new deal at Arsenal.

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