Chelsea eye deal for £24m Arsenal target after Mata sale

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Jose Mourinho will look to reinvest a large chunk of Juan Mata's £37m fee to sign Real Sociedad forward Antoine Griezmann, reports The Sun.

Mata is expected to complete his move to Manchester United before the end of the week for a club record fee of £37m. If Mourinho has it his way, Griezmann will come in in his place before the end of the transfer window.

The 22-year-old has been attracting interest from the Premier League's best clubs with Arsenal believed to have had a £12m bid rejected earlier this month, with Real Sociedad demanding double that.

Arsene Wenger has been desperately looking for striker reinforcements after it was revealed Theo Walcott would miss the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.

After scoring 12 goals in La Liga so far this season, Griezmann is hopeful of breaking in to the French national squad for the World Cup. However, the player reportedly wants to move to a bigger club this month to maximise his chances of being on the plane to Brazil.

Mourinho is now ready to offer Griezmann that chance by offering Sociedad a significant amount for their prize asset.

Sociedad, however, will be less than keen to part with the young Frenchman as they continue to battle for fourth place in La Liga - the last Champions League qualifying place on offer.

Mata is expected to complete his move to Old Trafford today after agreeing a four-and-a-half-year deal worth £150,000 a week.

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