Chelsea star linked with Atletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid are plotting a bold loan bid for Juan Mata, the Daily Mail understands.

Ever since Jose Mourinho took the helm at Chelsea, rumours have been rife over Mata's future, and the arrivals of both Andre Schurrle and Willian only add fuel to the speculation.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham have been amongst those linked with the midfielder this summer, but new interest from Diego Simeone's side is meant to be the most significant so far, especially with the Blues securing the signing of Willian just this weekend.

Mata has been a massive part of the team over the past two seasons, playing 60 times for Chelsea and Spain last season, scoring 21 times and setting up a further 29 goals.

Fans of the club will no doubt be displeased by these rumours, especially due to the fact the Spaniard has been awarded the Player of the Year at the club in both seasons since his move from Valencia.

The 25-year-old would ideally want to stay at the Londoners, although could well be tempted with a transfer back to Spain if it helps him secure a first-team place for his country at the World Cup next year. 

Despite playing a high proportion of the Blues games since his move to England, Mourinho left him out of their opening match with Hull, and although playing 65 minutes against Aston Villa, he could well find himself back on the bench for tonights clash with Manchester United.

El Atléti have replaced striker Falcao - who made a £50 million move to AS Monaco this summer - with Barcelona's David Villa, they still have a heap of cash burning in their pockets with the massive fee they received from their star man.

Atletico seem to be coping fine without the Colombian though, they followed up a 3-1 win at Sevilla with a 5-0 demolition of Rayo Vallecano on Sunday. However, the addition of the midfielder could be the spark they need to close the gap on both Barcelona and Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

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