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Report: Arsenal To Move For Juan Mata In January
The January transfer window is just around the corner so you know what that means – an unbearable amount of transfer gossip is heading our way.
The rumour mill is around in motion and today saw reports claiming that Arsenal will be one of several clubs who will go back in for Chelsea’s Juan Mata when the window re-opens.
The Spaniard has endured a difficult few months and is clearly out-of-favour under Jose Mourinho. Despite being voted as Chelsea’s player of the year for the last two seasons, Mourinho arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer and immediately put the playmaker on the bench hinting that he didn’t do his bit defensively for the team.
Mata briefly regained his place last month but his return was short-lived and he was soon back warming the bench, so it’s no surprise that clubs are lining up to offer him an escape from west London.
The Daily Star claims that Arsenal will join the likes of Man Utd and Liverpool in making an audacious move for the 25-year-old in January but the real competition will come from French champions PSG who are believed to be ready to tempt Chelsea with a £40m offer.
We can close to signing Mata shortly before he joined Chelsea, so we know Arsene Wenger is a fan and he’s certainly got the style of play that would suit our game.
However, the Blues are going to be keen to hang on to Mata, despite his bit-part role at the club, and they will likely resist any bids, so it’s going to be down to the player to force a move if he wants out in search of regular first team football.
Mata doesn’t really seem the type to kick up a fuss, but with the 2014 World Cup just around the corner he might just take the view that he needs to go somewhere he’s guaranteed to play week-in, week-out, and tell Mourinho he wants out.
Of course Chelsea can still force him to stay, but if they do agree to let him leave I think it’s fair to say they’ll try and send him abroad rather than to a domestic rival like Arsenal. So although I’d love to see the little maestro come to the Emirates, I don’t think we’ll see him arrive in north London any time soon.