Tottenham are busy preparing a January move that could see Chelsea star Juan Mata arrive at White Hart Lane, according to the Metro.
The Spain international is out-of-favour at Stamford Bridge, and Andre Villas-Boas is a keen admirer, having signed him for Chelsea when he was manager in 2011.
Mata, who was voted Chelsea supporters' player of the year for the past two seasons in a row, but has seen his chances limited since the arrival of Jose Mourinho, fuelling speculation that he is set to leave the club in the near future.
The 25-year-old was again on the bench last night as Chelsea slumped to a second successive defeat, losing 2-1 at home to Basel. The Blues' fans are growing increasingly restless with Mata's lack of game-time, and there were numerous messages of protest to be found in the stands.
With Nacer Chadli, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela already having arrived during the summer, Villas-Boas' pursuit of Mata can only be seen as an ongoing effort to replace the influence of Gareth Bale. The Welshman of course departed for Real Madrid at the end of the summer transfer window, and AVB could see Mata as the ideal man to fill his shoes.
Although Mourinho has repeatedly reiterated that the Spanish maestro is very much part of his plans, it remains to be seen whether or not he will stay at Chelsea past the January window if his game-time does not pick up.
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