Arsenal are in talks with Villarreal over a potential double deal for Pau Torres and Samuel Chukwueze this summer – with former star Santi Cazorla acting as the middle man in negotiations.
Both players are attracting plenty of interest in European football after impressing for Villarreal in the 2019/20 campaign.
Manchester City and Barcelona target Torres, 23, has proved an integral member of the Spanish outfit’s defence this term, while Chukwueze has contributed four goals and as many assists on the wing.
And Cazorla, who spent six years at the Emirates before leaving for Villarreal in 2018, has revealed discussions have taken place with his old club over the pair.
“They ask me about them and think they can make the jump to the Premiership tomorrow,” he said.
“It’s good that great teams are interested in young players from Villarreal, but for the moment I tell them to leave them alone here.
“They still have to take steps forward. They both have a great personality, and their feet are on the ground.
Torres is a key member of the Villarreal defence
“In Pau’s case he hears constant talk of [Manchester] City or Barcelona, but he is aware that he has to keep growing as a player and that in the future we will see where he can go.”
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is eager to bolster his squad further when the summer transfer window opens, having wrapped up loan deals for defensive duo Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares in January.
And Chukwueze has registered four goals and as many assists from out wide this season
But according to the Daily Mirror, he could be set to lose star strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Aubameyang, 30, will only have one year remaining on his contract this summer, meaning the Gunners could be tempted to cash in on him while they still can.
As for Lacazette, it is…