Valencia midfielder Juan Mata is highly regarded as one of La Liga’s rising stars after a number of scintillating performances for club and country over the past twelve months.
The sudden shot to prominence has not gone unnoticed by some of Europe’s leading clubs, but it is Manchester City who are the current front-runners for the player’s signature reports the Metro.
Eastlands officials were first made aware of Mata’s talents when current Citizens star David Silva recommended his former team-mate as an ideal acquisition for Roberto Mancini’s side.
Mata has a £45million get-out clause in his contract, but that fee is likely to be viewed as over-inflated even by the wealth and riches of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour.
With Valencia still in financial difficulty, City are ready to take advantage of Los Che’s precarious situation once more as they plan another raid in the summer to bring another up-and-coming star to Eastlands, and are hoping an offer of £30million will tempt Valencia to sell.
The 22-year-old Spanish international was a member of the recent World Cup winning squad and has taken that success in his stride as he continues to impress for Valencia.
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