By Jack Malone

Italian giants Juventus are said to be lining up a move for Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla next summer, according to Italian news site Calcio Mercato Web.

The 31-year-old could leave the Gunners on a free transfer with his contract due to expire next June and despite stating his desire to stay at the Emirates Stadium, if a deal cannot be struck then The Old Lady are set to pounce.

Cazorla has been a regular in the Arsenal side since joining from Malaga in 2012 and has featured in all of their Premier League and Champions League matches so far this season, scoring two goals and providing two assists.

However, manager Arsene Wenger has a general policy for offering only one-year contract extensions to players over 30 years of age.

It may be that Cazorla would prefer more security at this stage of his career and Italy could be a perfect fit for him, with the pace of matches far less frenetic than in the Premier League.

Andrea Pirlo played in the hugely successful Juventus team until the age of 36, whilst Roma legend Francesco Totti is still plying his trade at the Stadio Olimpico despite turning 40 in September and the Spaniard may see this as an opportunity to extend his playing career.

If Cazorla does decide to leave North London, fans would no doubt be disappointed to see the back of a man who has become a firm favourite at the Emirates.


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