Respectful source ESPN Soccernet has revealed that Arsenal has tabled a bid of £15m for Valencia winger Juan Mata. The highly rated Spanish player was instrumental in Spains Under-21 Euro championship win and would be a great signing for the Gunners, with it also understood he is not to be a replacement for Samir Nasri as revealed by Wenger.
In only recent days Valencia president Manuel Llorente declared that the player would not be sold saying publicly: “Mata will not be sold. That is imperative. If someone comes and pays the players buyout clause, obviously he could leave but there is not going to be such an offer,” with a buy-out clause of £60m a huge obstacle to a move.
Amidst these public statements, it has been reported by the Sun that manager Arsene Wenger is becoming increasingly confident of signing the player with, additionally, Juan’s father statement suggesting that talks are ongoing between the two clubs: “There have been calls from foreign clubs but now the decision rests with Valencia. He is on his holidays.”
At a time where Nasri is reportedly pushing for a move to Old Trafford, Wenger hopes the signing of a marquee player such as Mata will serve as a persuasive tool by showing Arsenals intent on silverware next season and hence convincing Nasri to stay the Emirates. There is no doubt about the quality Mata would bring to the club and if Fabregas is destined to depart, his signing would definitely fill the creative void Cesc would leave behind.