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TRANSFER NEWS: Arsenal & Man Utd Quoted £20m For Spanish Ace

While Valencia’s club President Manuel Llorente has insisted that his young left midfield star, Juan Mata is not for sale, reports continue to link him away from Spain and interestingly, with the two English sides Arsenal and Manchester United. Th…

While Valencia’s club President Manuel Llorente has insisted that his young left midfield star, Juan Mata is not for sale, reports continue to link him away from Spain and interestingly, with the two English sides Arsenal and Manchester United.

The Mail now reports that both clubs have registered a real interest in Mata, and that if Valencia were to received a £20 million bid for the 23 year-old, it would be enough to persuade Valencia to let him go.

A move for Mata from either Manchester United or Arsenal will depend on what happens with the current transfer sagas surrounding the two clubs. That is, if Manchester United do end up signing Wesley Sneijder in the ongoing, rather confusing negotiations which according to some, are taking place, and according to others are not.

Indeed in Arsenal’s case, a move for Mata much depends on whether or not they can keep hold Samir Nasri and/or Cesc Fabregas this summer. Nasri looks set to stay at Arsenal and run down his contract to go for free next summer, but Barcelona are continuing to circle over Cesc Fabregas and look as likely as ever to snap him up for a lucrative transfer fee.

Theo Walcott’s recent admission that he would like to be given the chance to play centrally as a goal scoring striker, it could leave room on the wing for another player to step in. Mata could easily be that player – a winger with bags of pace and the superb ability to beat a man, combined with great technical ability, providing that creative spark needed.

Mata has made 172 appearances for Valencia, scoring 46 goals, and has a contract with the Spanish side until 2015. However, Valencia’s money struggles have been well documented, resulting in the past in the sale of David Villa and David Silva to Barcelona and Manchester City respectively, so £20 million will do well to add further stability to the clubs finances.

If Manchester United do decide to go in for the player, they have a special advantage over other clubs in the fact that Ryan Giggs is still at the club. The United legend is an idol of Mata’s, and the chance to be mentored by his idol would certainly be a huge attraction.

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  1. Moshe Egede

    July 17, 2011 at 1:15 am

    Please i’ll like dr. Alex Ferguson to atleast buy one creative midfielder either wesley or nasir,thanks.

  2. tegisha

    July 17, 2011 at 2:52 am

    This is a fabrication arsenal never qoutes 20m for any player that is for shure!

  3. Basar Mudashir A.

    July 17, 2011 at 4:48 am

    Wat z alex ferguson problem? We ar bn suffered 4 creative midfieder 4 a longtym if snaidjer z kom y alex fergusn sud denied his bid? Pls nd pls, help me beg fergusn 2 sign creative midfieder.

    • Danny Lewis

      July 17, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      learn to spell properly

  4. Jamali

    July 17, 2011 at 4:50 am

    Arsenal never quotes 20mil for any player because Arsene is too stingy to spend money on quality. He’d rather buy a busload of kids.

  5. hugh williams

    July 17, 2011 at 6:19 am

    i think united dont need another winger even though young can play central. we need a CM and any gaps can be given to some youth players as there are 2-3 coming through now

  6. lawal

    July 17, 2011 at 6:30 am

    i think SAF already has his MAN he’s just tryin 2 deflect d qstion dat wld be ask abt sneijder if he’s worth dat much,which he is going by d price quoted 4 quality players dis days.also i feel he’s had an agreement wit nasri 2 join us next summer on a free but ii’ll keep my fingers crossed as d saga continues.

  7. Herbert Tibaingana

    July 17, 2011 at 7:01 am

    let cesc fab go and bring in a defender Cahill and juan mata. but the money in AW’s palms is so glued

  8. Daveyboy

    July 17, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I’m getting tired of all this transfer speculation.. I thought wenger said he was interested in juan mata regardless of whether fab or nasri stays? Another player that will slip through the net.… I wouldnt be surprised if all or transfers are finished for the summer? Remember, we only spent 10m on vermaelan last summer. Maybe that’s the real trf limit each summer, and offload 40m each summer to pay off debt. Wenger will see frimpong and miyachi as new signings who will bring in the necessary experience to win the title lol…. These players do have great potential though. But I’m resigned to a fight for 4th next season. Unless the players have truly learnt from last season? Lets hope so..

  9. mick dowd

    July 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    thats arsneals problem and thats why fab and nasri goin, they not buyin. c’mon fergie let nani go to inter for sneijder and bring in mata

  10. Ajowele abayomi

    July 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I dont get d reason y wenger is not spending big and economising unecesarily

  11. Dane

    July 17, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Nasri is the player for Manchester united £25 million they will sell him there is no way thay will let him leave for free next year when they can get 25 30 million and he as told arsenal he want to join Manchester united so what fergie’s problem rather him than sniejder he is younger cheaper and proved himself in England and a perfect replacement for scholes so fergie do what everyone want and bring him to old Trafford….

    • :p

      July 18, 2011 at 8:34 am

      I”m a manU fan also and I don’t want Nasri for 25 mil so I guess everyone doesn’t want it. Why pay 25 mil when we can get him for free next year? Maybe Fergie has a problem with paying 25 mil just to get one extra year?

  12. Udoh onyeka

    July 18, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Sneider is the option 4 manutd.

  13. Udoh onyeka

    July 18, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Snieder has experience more than nasri.

    • :p

      July 18, 2011 at 8:32 am

      not in the premier

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