Arsenal are considering an audacious bid for Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata after securing their place in the Champions League group stages. The Gunners saw off Fenerbahce 5-0 on aggregate to book their place in the coveted competition and are hoping to finally get their transfer business up and running.
The club have been blessed with significant financial power but have failed to spend any money so far brining in Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Flamini on free transfers. The clubs fans were promised a marquee signing earlier in the summer but deals for Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez fell through leaving Arsene Wenger with no-one to show for his work during the summer.
With only three days left of the transfer window, it seems Arsenal are ready to make another move to land a big name and have identified Chelsea’s Mata as their ideal target. The Spaniard has seen little game time under new boss Jose Mourinho, despite being named Chelsea Player of the Year in both seasons he has been at the club.
Arsenal tried to sign the attacker in 2011 but the Blues stole in late to seal a £23 million move and the midfielder has shown just why he was sought after with dazzling displays in the Premier League. The signs look good for Arsenal for a move for Mata.
The player will need first team football with the World Cup in the summer. He has only played 65 minutes out of a possible 270 and was unused in Chelsea’s goalless draw with Manchester United. Chelsea’s latest acquisition of Willian leave’s Mata’s place in doubt. His father and agent was in the director’s box during Arsenal’s victory over Fenerbahce which have left many wondering why.
Injuries to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski have left Arsenal thin on the attacking front and despite a frustrating summer, Mata could well be worth the wait.