Chelsea star Mata targeted by Serie A duo

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Napoli and Juventus are both targeting a potential January move for Chelsea star Juan Mata, according to Mundo Deportivo.

25-year-old Mata was phenomenal for the Blues last season but his future at the club has become shrouded in uncertainty after the return of former manager Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge this summer.

The Portuguese does not appear to favour the Spanish international, with Mata having made only two appearances in the Premier League this season. Although Mourinho has previously denied that he would be willing to sell the former Valencia midfielder, speculation persists over how long Mata will be content to fulfil a bit-part role with the club.

Mata, who has earned 29 caps for his country, had been linked to a whole host of teams during a particularly frantic summer transfer window, with Paris Saint-Germain linked with the midfielder's signature along with Premier League quartet Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United.

However, according to the Spanish press, two new clubs have entered the race for Mata in the form of the Serie A duo who could be set to swoop when the window re-opens in January.

Napoli boss Rafael Benitez has plenty of first-hand experience of the Spaniard's considerable talents having temporarily taken charge in West London last season following the somewhat unpopular dismissal of club legend Roberto di Matteo.

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