With Valencia president, Manuel Llorente, just over a week ago publicly stating that star player Juan Mata is not for sale, many Arsenal fans felt the idea we could sign such a world-class player was just to good to be true.
Mata has enjoyed great success in Spain, only being overtaken in assists by Barcelona stars Xavi, Iniesta and Alves since the 2008/09 season. Mata is indeed hot property, and as well as Arsenal he has also attracted interest from the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool.
But in a recent turn of events, hopes of potentially signing Mata have been revived with Valencia coach, Unai Emery, stating that he is indeed for sale following an interview with the Daily Mirror.
On the Mata situation he had this to say: “The possibility exists that Mata will leave the club,” Valencia manager Unai Emery told Marca.
“We want him to stay and Mata has also expressed his desire to stay at Valencia, but at the same time we cannot stop a player who really wants to leave for money or for a bigger club.
“So, if there is a large financial offer from any club, that is good for both us and him, we will have to let him leave.”
I have to say, even though we are not in any great need of an attacking player, to have such a player in the Arsenal ranks would certainly create a huge buzz around the Emirates and I would expect those season tickets that have not been sold would soon be after hearing of such a signing. His presence around the Arsenal camp would also I imagine boost morale and have great effects on players such as Fabregas and Nasri who are looking to leave the gunners. A signing like this would definitely show a great intention for silverware, not to mention boost an already great attack.
Mata is reported to be valued at approximately £23m and I would like to see Arsene be aggressive in the market by dropping his interests for players such as Oxlade-Chamberlain and putting those funds towards players that would have an immediate effect. Although I wouldn’t want him to break the bank for Mata, if indeed he is able to get a proven central-defender as well, I would consider this transfer window a success.