Arsenal have been boosted in their pursuit of Juan Mata, with Valencia’s sporting director and manager both admitting that the winger may leave this summer.
“From what we have spoken about internally and what we have spoken about with the footballer, the idea is that he continues [with us], but it could be that, in a given moment, economic and sporting situations for the player mean that he may leave,” Valencia manager Unai Emery said.
Mata, rated by the Daily Telegraph at £13.5 million, has long been a target for the Gunners, and though yesterday Tottenham were connected to the star, Arsenal are still favourites to sign the highly rated target.
While Valencia’s sporting director Braulio Vazquez was more hopeful of keeping Mata, he also admitted that the club have a back-up plan in place for if a club like Arsenal does indeed make a bid.
"I hope that he [Mata] will stay with Valencia and I think he'll do just that. We have not received any offers for him so far,” Vazquez said.
"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.
"Juan is very calm and doesn't get carried away. Of course, the rumours don't go unnoticed, but there is absolutely no doubt about his commitment to Valencia."
Arsenal have made one big-name signing this summer, Lille star Gervinho, and pundits and fans alike are watching closely to see who Wenger will take on next as the club look to end their now six-season long trophyless run.