Mid-Day Ticker: Arsenal close in on Cazorla, Spurs reject Modric bid and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Arsenal close in on Cazorla, Spurs reject Modric bid and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Arsenal close in on Cazorla, Spurs reject Modric bid and more

Santi Cazorla (Getty Images)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Arsenal may soon have a bit of Spanish flavor in their attack.

The Premiership club is nearing a deal to acquire midfielder Santi Cazorla from Spanish club Malaga, and the Spain international is scheduled to undergo a medical in London later this week. The reported transfer fee Arsenal is going to pay Malaga for the 27-year-old midfielder is estimated to be $27 million.

Cazorla was a part of the Spain team that claimed a second successive European Championship title. Last season, he started 38 games for Malaga while scoring nine times and assisting on five other goals.

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SPURS REJECT REAL MADRID BID FOR MODRIC

It looks like Real Madrid will have to open up the piggy bank a bit more if they wish to acquire Luke Modric from Tottenham Hotspur this summer. The Spurs have turned down a reported bid of $46.8 million from Real Madrid and are believed to want a transfer fee of $62.4 million instead. Modric has reportedly agreed to personal terms with Real Madrid, but the Spanish giants must now meet Tottenham's demands in order to acquire the skilled Croatian midfielder.

CARROLL NOT INCLUDED IN LIVERPOOL'S EUROPA LEAGUE SQUAD

Most of the signs this summer have pointed to Andy Carroll exiting Liverpool before the summer transfer window closes, and the latest bit of evidence of that is his omission from the club's roster for their upcoming Europa League match. Carroll has been left out of the Liverpool squad that will take on FC Gomel in a third round Europa League qualifier, adding more speculation to where Carroll's future lies. The forward has been linked with moves to West Ham United and Newcastle United this summer.

DEMBA BA TO STICK WITH NEWCASTLE UNITED

Senegal international Demba Ba had a release clause in his deal with Newcastle United, but he chose to let it pass and will apparently stick with the club for the upcoming season. The 27-year-old striker let the July 31 deadline to activate a a release clause from his contract pass, and now little doubt remains about where he will play in the near future. Ba had a strong first season with Newcastle, as he led the team in goals scored with 16.

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Think Cazorla would be a good fit for Arsenal? Do you see Modric joining Real Madrid befor the summer transfer window closes? Where do you see Carroll at the start of the season?

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