Chelsea’s Juan Mata has been a star player for the club for the last two seasons - his contributions have been immense and was easily Chelsea's best player last year - but rumours have been rife and he could soon be heading out the door at Stamford Bridge.
Since Jose Mourinho’s return, the Spanish playmaker has spent the vast majority of his time bench warming and undoubtedly there is cause for concern.
Is Mata surplus to requirements? Or is he injured? Mourinho has been quick, when pressed on the issue, to deny any intent to sell the 25-year-old but with transfer-deadline-day looming is Mata on the verge of leaving the Blues?
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes he could be, but thinks there is a culture in England where they do not sell to other teams within the Premier League.
With the imminent signing of midfielder Willian the rumour mill has been churning and the situation was made worse when reports surfaced that Juan Mata senior, the player's father and agent, was at the Emirates Stadium to watch Arsenal's UEFA Champions League tie against Fenerbahce on Tuesday night.
Would a London switch be in the offing? Mourinho says no - but Wenger believes there could be light at the end of the tunnel, albeit it being a very long shot.
"I like him," said Wenger, who tried to sign the former Valencia playmaker's before being beaten by Chelsea two years ago.
"I watched the game last night and I've heard, like you, Juan Mata could be on the market.
Now it also appears Tottenham Hotspur could make a for bid for Mata if Gareth Bale’s protracted move to Real Madrid does materialise.
The only club that appears to have removed itself from the equation is Atletico Madrid.
Their president Enrique Cerezo admitting that despite the players quality talk of a transfer is not on the cards, as he would probably cost too much.
Cerezo was quoted as saying: "Mata is a good player but he's playing in the Premier League and over there they pay a lot."
It’s true - if Chelsea did relinquish one of their prized assets, he would certainly cost a pretty penny that’s for sure.
Despite Jose’s insistence that the rumours are “nonsense” and that Mata will go “nowhere” what do you think? Is Jose playing games with the potent playmaker or will he remain the jewel in Chelsea’s crown?
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