REPORTS: Spurs Blocking Arsenal’s Bid To Sign Juan Mata
Some very interesting news coming from Spain today, as newspaper Marca are claiming Arsenal are on the verge of signing Valencia’s Juan Mata.
Marca claim the deal is in place but two rival bids, one believed to be from Tottenham, are holding up the transfer as the players representitives weight up all the offers on the table.
The article can be found here, but this is an extract taken using Google translator so apologies if it doesn’t read well:
“Juan Mata is very close to being Arsenal. If the transaction has not closed definitely still is because other two English clubs, one of which Tottenham have submitted in recent days pathways offers that are interesting enough for the player’s father, then a representative, is analyzing all the pros and cons of each.”
It has been suggested that if Mata does join the Gunners he will be a replacement for Cesc Fabregas, who is still odds-on to join Barcelona this summer. Mata would most likely take up a position on the left flank with Samir Nasri taking Fabregas’s role in the middle.