Spanish duo linked with moves to Atlético

Two big-name midfielders set to swap the Premier League for La Liga?

Cazorla happy to move -  Mata praying for move?

Cazorla happy to move - Mata praying for move?

The winter transfer window may have slammed shut at the end of January, but there is no end to the business of transfer speculation. Today’s rumours focus on possible arrivals at the Vicente Calderón – and what arrivals they would be!

Both are Spaniards currently plying their trade in the Premier League. But are either players realistic targets?

The most outlandish of these rumours is the apparent interest in signing Juan Mata from Manchester United. The midfielder has struggled to nail down a regular place in United’s starting XI since his arrival from Chelsea, and looks set to continue under the stewardship of Louis van Gaal.

What makes the transfer less likely, is that Mata arrived for a fee of €45 million only a year ago – a club record for Manchester United at the time.

While it would be a real coup to add Juan Mata into the Atlético midfield, it seems unlikely given the enormity of the fee we would have to pay. Any deal would also see Koke move in the opposite direction.

This looks like more and more of a case of filling the columns of a newspaper – especially as Mata was also linked with Barcelona today in Mundo Deportivo.

Also on Atleti’s radar, not for the first time, is ex-Villarreal player Santi Cazorla, currently shining in England with Arsenal. This rumour is an intriguing one.

The 30-year-old was linked with Atleti back in 2011, before he decided to sign with super-rich Malaga for €21 million. Just a year later, he was moving to London.

Spanish Radio station Cadena COPE are reporting that Atlético have agreed personal terms with the player, who was also heavily linked with a move to the Vicente Calderón in August.

Cazorla admitted back then that he had no idea what was happening, but it’s now being reported by Antonio Ruiz that a move is in the works.

Now the midfielder has said ‘yes’ to Atleti, and is waiting for the two clubs to agree a fee. Cazorla’s current contract expires in 2016.

This is coming from the same journalist that confirmed the Diego Costa and Filipe Luis moves out of Atleti.

Arsenal fans will want to believe that the rumours are just that – rumours. Especially as Cazorla has been named Player of the Month for January, and was captain as Arsenal beat Middlesbrough in the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.

However it wouldn’t be surprising if now was the right time for Cazorla to swap his London home for a one-way ticket to Madrid – and the attraction of playing for Atlético at the moment can’t be understated.

Which of the two rumours do you see as the most realistic? Would you be happy to see either player join?

Do you think any of them will happen?


  • Adi Harper

    I’m really not sure on either signing here – it depends on the costs and the costs being mentioned don’t stack up to me!

    Adding Mata would be great but not at a cost of swapping with Koke. Cazorla is a good player and would fit well into the Simeone mould but at 30 years old he’s hardly worth splashing a mountain of cash on.

  • atleti10

    This website has always been quite legitimate in reporting transfer news, I hope it doesn’t start writing about these rubbish tabloid rumors.

  • urban

    We have plenty of quality in our offensive midfield department for next season: Koke, Arda, RG8, Correa, Oliver, but i think adding one experienced, creative midfielder to the mix is a good idea. Mata would be ideal, but as Adi stated not in exchange for Koke. Santi is good, but his not getting any younger so this would have to be reflected in his price tag.

    Our attack is fine, we already have Torres, Griezmann and Mandzu. Jimenez will be loaned out, and maybe Leo will take his place.

    Our focus should be on at least one quality pivot and two full backs (one for each side of the pitch).

  • I’ll do my best to always distinguish when it’s a rumour and when it’s fact!

    This one had a lot of coverage here in the UK so well worth covering.

  • Dircil

    I don’t see why we should swap Koke for Mata so that option should be ruled out. For Santi, I dont think Arsenal will let him go for a cheap price. They will negotiate with him for a new contract and that probably pushes his price tag up. I’m happy with the quality and depth of the current squad. What we should add to our team is some promising youngsters who will yield higher values later. It’s a quality investment since we dont pay much for them. There are plenty of such in South America where most of our previous awesome strikers came from.

  • atleti10

    I know ye I live in the UK myself, I mean I’d love for there to be some substance here but I think there’s as much behind these rumors as the Reus saga. Anyway they’re only ever rumors until they become fact so fingers crossed. The Jovetic rumor though, that one could be a little more likely.

  • Randy Ved Jawahir

    I like mata(fact he has bbva experience) but if he were to come to a club like atleti he cant play with hat work rate of his. He’ll have more defensive duty than he bargained for and santi on the other hand(also with bbva experience) is a really good cam and offers more defensively than mata but i would sign one or the other only if the price is right. if we have to offload koke then forget about it!

  • Randy Ved Jawahir

    Simeone’s son could be one, giovanni.

  • Yeah man, I’ll look to get a Jovetic piece up later this week

  • Amr Misir Mukadaffi

    Koke and Mata have a great life ther in England.. Doubt that they will leave it for the next 2 years. And besides, we have enough creativity on the midfield.

    Santi is a very important player for Arsenal. But Mata hasn’t really convinced me.. If i needed to choose, i would go for Santi

  • Ringo

    Hmm I’d rather count on Arda, Koke, Óliver, García, Griezmann, Saúl and Correa for offensive midfield positions. These players are just as able to play in other formations.

  • Ringo

    Although maybe this would mean Koke could finally play CM.
    I think tactically, Cazorla would fit better, he’s more versatile, and that’s a necessity for Simeone, I think.

    Maybe next season we’ll be able to witness

    Óliver – Saúl – Koke

    as midfield in at least a cup game
    The passing game would have so much potential, especially if Griezmann and Arda would be the “wingers” (they’re far from classic wingers).

    One can only dream…