Chelsea star Juan Mata to spark transfer scramble

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Clubs across Europe are lining up to make a bid for out-of-favour Chelsea star Juan Mata, with former interim boss Rafael Benitez leading the chase.

According to The Mirror, the Napoli boss wants to exploit the current situation at Stamford Bridge, which has seen Blues manager Jose Mourinho openly admit Mata is not first choice, and make a possible January bid.

However, the Serie A club are not the only ones looking on with interest at the situation unfolding around Chelsea's Player of the Year for the past two seasons, as The Telegraph have claimed both Atletico Madrid in Mata's native Spain and big-spending Ligue 1 champions PSG are monitoring the situation.

The report in The Mirror claims Chelsea's stars are mystified over Mourinho's treatment of the 25-year-old, who has been crucial to their success over the previous two seasons.

The former Real Madrid manager admitted on Saturday that Oscar was his first choice 'number ten' and that Mata will have to work harder if he is to get back into the starting XI.

Benitez will feel he can get the best out of Mata, should he move to Napoli, as he did in the Blues' triumphant run in the Europa League after the former Liverpool boss, extremely unpopular among Chelsea fans, took over as interim manager.

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