Juan Mata linked with Premier League trio

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Arsenal are being linked with a sensational move for Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata.

The Sunday People claims Gunners chief Arsene Wenger has set his sights on the Spain superstar, and could offer the 25-year-old 'a surprise escape route' from Stamford Bridge.

Wenger was close to bringing the former Valencia starlet to the Emirates Stadium a couple of years back, before losing out to the Blues in a fight for the player.

However, speculation now links the player with a move away from west London, and Arsenal are the latest club reportedly looking to capitalise.

The Gunners have been linked with a number of midfielders in recent weeks, with Yohan Cabaye and Geoffrey Kondogbia also being considered in north London.

Manchester United have also been linked with a move for Mata, with a swap deal for striker Wayne Rooney previously mooted.

David Moyes is eager to keep the England striker at Old Trafford, and has dismissed the notion that he could leave the Premier League champions this summer - even for the Spaniard.

The Red Devils chief has struggled to lure big-name players to the club this summer though, with Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara both opting against a move to join Sir Alex Ferguson's successor.

Those failures would be forgotten if Manchester United were to land Mata in the final days of the transfer window, but they now have a battle with multiple clubs if they wish to sign the player.

Tottenham Hotspur are another rival, according to The Sunday People, with Andre Villas-Boas keen on the attacking midfielder.

The White Hart Lane outfit have already spent big this summer, with Paulinho and Roberto Soldado two of the big-name additions for Spurs in north London.

And, if Gareth Bale leaves Tottenham Hotspur as expected, AVB will have more money to spend in the coming week. Having signed Mata previously, the Portuguese is a known admirer of the player.

He initially purchased Mata for Chelsea after taking the helm in west London in 2011, and the Spaniard was a regular under Villas-Boas and then Roberto Di Matteo and Rafa Benitez.

The transfer speculation suggests Jose Mourinho is less sure of the player however, and despite denying the reports initially, more clubs are now being linked with the player.

Chelsea do not need to sell though, and the ball is firmly in their court as the clock ticks on the window.

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