As Real Madrid seemed to be getting closer to the signing of Spanish wonderkid Isco, various Spanish newspapers started to report that Barcelona would counter that purchase by making a lucrative offer for Chelsea's two-time Fans' Player of The Year, Juan Mata.
However, the early signs are that Jose Mourinho has enough experience to know that replacing Mata would be one of the hardest tasks in Europe within the current transfer window.
Mata was in inspired form throughout the 2012/13 Premier League season, bagging 17 goals and assisting 22 goals for his team-mates, which resulted the Spaniard in retaining the club's Player of The Year award for a second year.
At times during last season where the 25-year-old was ruled out, Chelsea looked like they lacked rhythm and consequently failed to put together the silky moves that they are usually able to build, most notably when the trio of Juan Mata, Oscar, and Eden Hazard are playing together.
As the rumours persist, Mourinho has been quick to reassure the Chelsea faithful that he will be retaining Mata, by stating in a press conference that there will be no departures from his current squad, with Mata himself recently reiterating that stance by claiming: "I was relaxed about the speculation because I spoke to the club and the manager, who said I was important to them. That was good to hear."
Even if Barcelona were to make an offer which Chelsea couldn't reject, possibly in the region of £60m, it seems highly unlikely that Mourinho would be able to capture a player of the calibre of Chelsea's Spanish maestro, who at times during the season drew comparisons to Blues' legend Gianfranco Zola.
Everyone at Chelsea fully expects Juan Mata to stay at the club and try to emulate his form last season and push to solidify his place in the Spanish national side for the coming World Cup.
One thing is for certain: if Mata is to recreate his form from last season, this will be a very successful and profitable season for the title contenders.
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