In another twist to the Juan Mata saga, Spanish source Super Deporte have disputed the claims made yesterday by fellow Spanish source Marca.
Yesterday Marca announced that Arsenal and Tottenham had agreed fees for star Valencia player Mata, with additionally the Sun reporting today that Juan’s parents are representatives were to fly into London to finalise the deal, a claim that has also been labelled as fabricated.
Following the recent trend that one day he’s almost in Arsenal’s grasp and the next he isn’t at all, it has been reported that Juan’s father and representative fed stories to Marca in order to encourage further negotiations with Valencia.
Super Deporte are adament that both club and player say that no offers have come from the Emirates with the Valencia Sporting Director saying on the matter: “I hope that he will stay with Valencia and I think he’ll do just that. We have not received any offers for him so far. However, we have a back-up plan in case he leaves. That’s not just the case for Juan though. We have a plan like that for every player. We have to be prepared if something happens.”
Although not having gone as long, the speculation around Mata is bordering on a farce similar to Cesc’s. I guess only time will tell if this one is valid or not. Who knows, we may be seeing Nasri or even Ramsey (who recently commented on the relationship that is starting to build in the middle) starting in the middle this coming season.
To further compound Arsenal’s misery, our other heavily linked target Christopher Samba has strongly denied quotes that he was reported to have said by the Sun.
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They reported yesterday that Samba had dropped a huge bombshell by publicly revealing he wishes to play Champions League football, while also mentioning Arsenal directly, but Samba has recently slammed the fabricated story.
He tweeted: “The declarations about me are totally false – never said that. I’m a Rovers player and will never mention other clubs – it’s disrespectful. Not happy right now.”
To hear about Mata, then Samba is definitely disheartening as an Arsenal supporter, although the idea that a source such as the Sun would fabricate quotes is quite disputable. There is no doubt that fabricated stories will find their way to the public, and it seems now Mata is much more of dream then a reality, with Samba also off the cards due to Arsene’s reported greater interest in Phil Jagielka.