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European giants join Spurs & Arsenal in Mata race

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Some of the biggest clubs in Europe are gearing up to fight it out for the signature of Juan Mata, according to the Daily Mail.

The Spanish playmaker has fallen out of favour with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and has attracted plenty of interest from the Blues' Premier League rivals.

Both Tottenham and Arsenal were reportedly interested in landing the two-time Chelsea player of the season during the summer transfer window, but both Mata and Mourinho were adamant there was no truth to the rumours.

Despite that Mata is yet to break into the Chelsea first team and Mourinho revealed it was because he preferred Oscar to be his number 10 and that in order to get a place on the wings, he must work harder.

Now according to the Daily Mail, a host of European giants are lining up to take Mata off of Chelsea's hands alongside Arsenal and Tottenham.

The paper reports Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco, Manchester United, Barcelona and Juventus are all monitoring Mata's situation and could make a move for him in January.

His former club Valencia, are also believed to be putting together a package in order to take him on loan ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

The Mail also add that Barcelona are keeping an eye on Fernando Torres and Cesar Azpilicueta ahead of a potential swoop to take them to the Nou Camp should they be made available.

Mata is believed to want to stay in London which should give both Arsenal and Tottenham an advantage over their rivals, but Chelsea will likely be reluctant to sell to their rivals.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas worked with Mata during his time in charge at Chelsea, while the number 10's father was spotted at the Emirates Stadium before the close of the summer window.

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