Arsenal are preparing an audacious bid for Chelsea’s Juan Mata, after the arrival of Willian pushed him down the pecking order.
Mata, who arrived at Chelsea in 2011, has enjoyed vast success at the club winning the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League in his first two seasons. However, he feels he is being pushed out of Chelsea by new manager Jose Mourinho.
Mata scored an impressive 20 goals last season, as well as 35 assists to claim the Chelsea player of the year award. Despite his match-winning prowess, Mourinho has bought in a number of new midfielders this summer, convincing Mata that he is being replaced at Chelsea, even though 'the special one' continues to insist that Mata is in his plans.
Willian is the latest arrival at Chelsea and it is his arrival that has caused Mata to decide his future lies away from Stamford Bridge.
Willian has been promised a starting position in the Chelsea team, meaning that Mata would be moved to the bench. The Spaniard believes that he must move away from Chelsea if he is to advance his career and secure a call-up to the Spanish national team for the World Cup in 2014.
Arsenal are the preferred destination for Mata, who wants to stay in London. Arsene Wenger has been an admirer of Mata for years and came very close to signing him in 2011 before Chelsea stole the deal.
Arsenal are in the market for a number of players before the transfer window closes and Mata is the type of signing that could prove Arsenal’s ambition.
Chelsea do not want to sell Mata but would be willing to part with him if they receive a bid in the region of £25million. The only stumbling block over the move would be if Chelsea refuse to sell one of their star players last season to one of their London rivals.
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