Spurs 'launch late bid' - hijack £13.2m Arsenal winger chase

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Tottenham Hotspur have launched a 'late bid' to land Spanish winger Juan Mata, according to the Daily Mail.

The Valencia starlet has been heavily linked with a move away from the Mestalla Stadium this summer, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger one of those keenly following the situation at the La Liga club.

However, the British national paper claims Spurs boss Harry Redknapp have bid for the 23-year-old, who has a £17.5 million buyout clause in his current contract.

Spanish paper Sport claims Arsenal have already met the asking price for the player, claimed to be £13.2 million, whilst Tottenham Hotspur have now also made their move, with Mata's father considering both offers.

Both north London clubs are thought to be chasing the playmaker, with the pair potentially losing a creative midfielder this summer.

The Gunners are braced for the exit of Cesc Fabregas, with the Arsenal captain heavily courted by Spanish giants Barcelona.


Samir Nasri has also been linked with a move away from the Emirates, but Wenger appears to have won that battle with the Frenchman tipped to stay with Arsenal.

Spurs midfielder Luka Modric is also tipped to move this summer, with Chelsea pursuing the Croatian after an opening bid of £20 million.

Redknapp is desperate to keep the player at White Hart Lane, but reports claiming £35 million could be placed on the table may persuade Tottenham Hotspur to let one of their major assets leave.

Should either club lose one of their stars, Mata is a replacement with proven class at international level.

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