Arsene Wenger has told multiple media sources that he is interested in testing Chelsea’s resolve to hang onto their Spanish playmaker Juan Mata.
This news comes as Lukas Podolski, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey all picked up injuries in Arsenal’s mid-week clash with Fenerbache, which reiterated the Gunners’ need to bring in more players before the end of the transfer window.
Podolski could be out for as long as three weeks, according to Wenger, which has sparked his interest in finding a replacement who can also play on the wing.
The name mostly linked with a move is Chelsea’s Mata – of course – but Jose Mourinho has told the media that the Spaniard is not for sale.
But that statement from Mourinho could still be overturned with Mata’s agent (and father) having been spotted in the Emirates directors’ box during the Fenerbache game; prompting different ideas about the situation of Mata’s future.
Outside of the business with Chelsea, Arsenal have told multiple sources, including Sky
Sports that they are looking to bring in three or four players before the end of the window.
But the question remains as to whether Mata will be joining the ranks at the Emirates.
Wenger has meanwhile stated that: “I have heard like you that Juan Mata could be
on the market. There is anyway a reluctance in England to sell to each other. I
Leading up to the transfer deadline day, Mata could still have a chance of moving across
London before Big Ben blasts for the end of all deals, having started just one of three Premier League matches under Jose Mourinho, despite being a fan favourite last season.
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