Arsenal still want Chelsea star
Sunday People Sport revealed that the North London club wanted to sign the Spaniard last week and Arsene Wenger confirmed this interest after their 2-0 defeat of Fenerbahce.
Juan wants out
Mata knows that he may not be a regular starter under Jose Mourinho but also that the club will not look to sell him during the transfer window, so he has a dilemma on his hands on whether or not he should request a transfer.
The 25-year old is loved by Blues fans but Mourinho has made it all too apparent that Eden Hazard and Oscar are going to be permanent fixtures in his Chelsea side, according to the newspaper.
Mata played no part in Friday’s Super Cup defeat to Bayern Munich and his manager has just signed Willian for £30milliion, who he appears unlikely to leave on the bench.
The attacking midfielder has been left out of the latest Spanish squad and with the World Cup coming next summer he needs to get as much playing time as possible.
The Gunners are prepared to pay £30million to get their man, the newspaper claims, and even though Mourinho knows the fans will be unhappy with his sale he is under pressure to slash the Chelsea wage bill which has risen drastically with new signings.
If Chelsea cannot sell Fernando Torres they may decide to get rid of Mata to cut costs, the paper claims. It is believed by the report that Arsenal have contacted Mata’s agent about his availability but also have a back-up plan.
Arsenal are said to be interested in Schalke’s Julian Draxler but he won’t be cheap having a £38million buy-out clause in his contract, the paper claims.