Liverpool tipped to make move for La Liga wing star

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Valencia will do everything in their power to keep hold of Juan Mata this summer as Liverpool and Manchester City reportedly chase the winger.

Having been forced to cash-in on David Villa and David Silva last summer, Los Che are reluctant to lose another of their star turns when the transfer window reopens, despite reports in Spain suggesting Mata is gathering interest from England.

According to, Liverpool are one of the clubs pursuing the 25-year-old while City have allegedly already made contact over a potential summer swoop.

However, Valencia president Manuel Llorente says he has no intention of letting the Spain international leave the Mestalla.

"The kid is un-negotiable because he is a key man in our project," Llorente told Provincias.

City are reportedly keen to see Mata link up with former teammate Silva at Eastlands, although the player's father has moved to quash speculation that talks have already been held with the Manchester club.

Juan Mata Snr said: "I have not spoken with City."


Meanwhile, Liverpool are known to be in the market for more potent wide options and appear to have identified Mata as a potential acquisition.

More likely, however, would be the purchase of Aston Villa attacker Ashley Young, who has been widely linked with a move to Liverpool - even more so in recent days.

The Mirror reports that Liverpool are chasing Young and Wolves' Matt Jarvis to provide extra penetration on the flanks and link up with record-signing Andy Carroll.

Liverpool director of football strategy has already been outed as a fan of Young and has previously admitted the Reds would be interested in the 25-year-old should Villa be prepared to sell.

But, according to the Daily Mail, Liverpool will have to go toe-to-to with fierce rivals Manchester United if they hope to bring him to Anfield.

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