Juan Mata could force a move to either Manchester United or Arsenal by handing in a transfer request, according to reports.
The Daily Star claims both the Gunners and Red Devils remain keen on the player, despite Jose Mourinho previously insisting that the 25-year-old is not for sale.
And, should the 25-year-old wish to secure a move away from Stamford Bridge, he will need to hand in a request sooner rather than later, as the final hours of the transfer window tick away.
Mata was left out of the Chelsea side that played Manchester United last Monday, watching from the bench as the two sides cancelled each other out at Old Trafford.
David Moyes remains relatively short in the attacking midfielder position, with the new boss yet to replace Paul Scholes following the club legend’s retirement.
Ander Herrera has also been linked with a move to the Premier League champions, but Mata would arguably be a bigger name to appease the Manchester United fans after a tricky start to the season.
As for Arsenal, manager Arsene Wenger reacted to the player's snubbing last Monday by declaring his interest in the player the following day, the paper claims.
The Gunners have been busy on transfer deadline day, with German international Mesut Ozil expected to move to the Emirates Stadium before 11pm this evening.
His arrival would make a move for Mata less likely at Arsenal, but until a deal for the Real Madrid star is confirmed, anything could happen.
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