Chelsea's rivals lining up to sign Juan Mata

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Juan Mata's current situation at Chelsea is interesting a number of their Premier League rivals and a transfer in the January transfer window could be in the offing.

According to The Express, all three of Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are taking a keen interest in Jose Mourinho's current decision to leave Mata out of the starting XI for the club's biggest games so far this season.

Despite openly admitting the Spaniard is behind Oscar for the 'number ten' role in Chelsea's starting line up, Mourinho has insisted he wants to hold on to him.

However, the report claims Mata could be tempted by a switch to either Manchester United, Arsenal or Spurs over worries about missing out on the World Cup in Brazil after being left out of the latest Spain squad.

Arsenal were reportedly on the verge of signing Mata before Chelsea swooped late and secured his signature and manager Arsene Wenger could renew his interest, but the record signing of Mesut Özil on transfer deadline day could make it unlikely.

Meanwhile, Manchester United were linked with a move for Mata as part of a reportedly swap deal for Wayne Rooney, though it was denied by Chelsea. David Moyes failed to sign a number of creative midfielders in the transfer window and he could see the 25-year-old as an ideal addition to his dquad.

However, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has been linked with a move for Mata for some time now and the White Hart Lane club could yet try to invest further after the £86million sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. When he first joined Chelsea, Mata claimed the then manager Villas-Boas was crucial in his decision.

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