The report linking Santi Cazorla away from Arsenal to Altetico Madrid continues with new report emerging that Arsenal are considering selling the ambidextrous midfielder to the Spanish champions.
The nature of the news lies in the fact that the former Malaga player has been one of Arsenal best players since his arrival in 2012. This particular speculation started during the World Cup in Brazil when he gave a cryptic statement about his future, but subsequently reassured the Arsenal faithful about his future when he asserted that he is happy at the Emirates and intends to stay for a long time.
However, the new wave of speculation surrounding his future has been hitting up in the last few days.
While it is normal for such to be the case, the veracity of it is what is in doubt. What is clear however is that the club will have to bring in a replacement if it considers selling the ever smiling midfielder who can play across four positions in midfield (both wings, in the hole and in the box to box role)
While this could be another ploy of the tabloids to put yet another Arsenal player up for sale in the press, as they do virtually every summer at a targeted player, it is not uncommon when the transfer window is open.
Going further into the murky waters of the transfer window, a particular player that could be a replacement for the Spaniard and one that has been linked to Arsenal over the past few seasons is Marcos Reus of Borussia Dortmund. Currently recovering from an ankle injury, the Dortmund midfielder has been the subject of speculation especially with the £35 million buy-out clause in his contract.
Although Jurgen Klopp has dismissed every speculation linking him away from the club, the possibility of his departure lies in the activation of the buyout clause in his contract. As was the case with Mario Goetze, whose clause was activated by Bayern Munich in the middle of a football season, for which the club had to oblige, the same can be done in the case of Marcos Reus if his clause is activated depending on the time it is stipulated for it to be due for activation.
The circumstances of the link of players either coming into the club or going out of the club in respect of the future of Santi Cazorla for now reeks more of fleet street connotations, and not something concrete. Until a development that proves contrary happens, that would continue to be the case.