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REPORTS: Deal In Place For Mata To Join Arsenal

Spanish journalist Guillem Balague claims he has been told by sources close to Valencia that a deal has been agreed for Juan Mata to join Arsenal this summer.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the talented 22-year-old and it is thought a deal worth approximately £17m has been agreed with Valencia. The next step would be the player himself agreeing to the move, but according to Balague’s sources, Mata would be open to the move as it would see him earning far more than he currently earns and he enjoys the style of play Arsenal adopt.

Balague also feels Mata would slot in perfectly with Arsenal’s system and wouldn’t take a lot of time to adapt. North london rivals Tottenham have also been linked with a move for Mata, but it’s thought he would reject a move to Spurs as it wouldn’t be seen as a step up from Valencia, who qualified for the Champions League after finishing 3rd in La Liga last term.

Much may depend on the futures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri on when/if this transfer is completed, but Balague believes that if Fabregas does move to Barcelona this summer, then Arsene Wengers plan is to move Nasri in to central midfield and sign Mata to play on the left.

You can listen to balagues comments here.




  1. Ahmed

    August 1, 2011 at 9:13 am

    This is only great news for the gunners. Now we need to sign samba/mertesacker.

  2. hadi

    August 1, 2011 at 9:18 am

    mata will b a great signing 4 arsenal

  3. Albert iyangbe

    August 1, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Mata wil b an added advantage,our nxt target wil b utility defenders. Up gunners!

  4. Jay

    August 1, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Hi Gooners,

    Let’s go for it Wenger. But we also need 2 central defenders and 1 keeper. Cheers

  5. Bankole wasiu

    August 1, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I am very happy to hear that arsene wenger has just realise the mistake he has done for the past six years,it will be good if he can sign three experience play to the squared.Gunner for life.

  6. alade

    August 1, 2011 at 9:54 am

    make god let wenger buy defender great news 4 mata

  7. Webbie

    August 1, 2011 at 10:03 am

    If Mata had any sense he would stay away from this team who have shown good ball possession but little enthusiasm for actually winning games.

  8. Afeez

    August 1, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Cowards die many times before their death but d courageous never taste of death but once.Arsene Wenger pls we need at least a TROPHY this season.Sign any necessary players.

  9. Elujoba eluwole ebun

    August 1, 2011 at 10:36 am

    He will be a great signing but does wenger really want to buy him,he is waiting for fab to go before sign mata which does so,arsenal need samba did’t buy him likewise on d left side and keeper,and dat stupid man refuse buy any players anyway he soon be sack as arsenal manager,stupid man go to hell wenger.

  10. Laja

    August 1, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Pls mr wenger stop toing with people’s emotions, we are tired n sick wit ur fake promises every yr jst make us happy pls.

    • niggy

      August 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm

      yeah!!!!!!!fa real,you r right

  11. saju T

    August 1, 2011 at 11:03 am

    add edin hazard to midfield along with mata & sign two more CB’s (cahill & samba), i guess they are better than jagileka

  12. micheal

    August 1, 2011 at 11:03 am

    mata wil be a great signing for arsenal but we don’t need fab to go b4 we sign him.

  13. Tanimu gusau

    August 1, 2011 at 11:06 am

    prof dis guy bcos he will be a great player 4 us

  14. 2bor apotiola

    August 1, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Mata wil be a good signing bt as an arsenal fans,i dn’t subject 2 dat.bcos der is player dat can play dat pattern.wat i think wil ned is defensive midfielder n’t offensive

  15. muhammed aroke

    August 1, 2011 at 11:35 am

    mr wenger, you have see the lapses in the team, you need to sign one central difender, one left back to replace cliche, matta to play along side fab, and nasir, not replacing, we dont need striker, promote afobe to the beanch, while charmark should be on loan to creat chance for afobe becouse this guy is more active than charmark. Goodluck.

  16. AJ

    August 1, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Not to ask much from Wenger, one CB please, only one( or perhaps two, but maybe I am going too far).

  17. Cherry

    August 1, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    please wenger sign matta, hazard. cahill, samba, benzima/lukaku and we will be ready for the ever challenge.

  18. Cherry

    August 1, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    please wenger sign matta, hazard. cahill, samba, benzima/lukaku and we will be ready for the every challenge.

    • niggy

      August 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm

      thats so true

  19. niggy

    August 1, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    we need 2 quality defenders and an experience defmidfielder,to win a trophy nxt seasn.come on wenger u you have the cash to buy so lets start and stop making excuses we have had enough from you nw!!!!

  20. Wayne

    August 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Just on sky sports that Mata will not be joining us. I hope Wenger leaves now as he always leaves things to late. Now Valencia want 60 million euros now instead of 22 million by changing his contract. Fabrigas is only 29 million euros. So another player lost now Wenger must go. We will lose fab and Nasri and will be lucky to finish in top 8. I really don’t know why I waste money to watch them and buy. The new shirt. Feel like just burning it. Total disgrace Wenger.

  21. Banky Dezy

    August 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Please Please Wenger. Buy SAMBA. I’m on my knees

  22. Wayne

    August 1, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Wenger takes to long to buy players. We always lose top players at the last minute. Wenger is not a manager he is a business man and should be upstairs and not running the team. He always comes out with total rubbish to get our promises up then let’s us down. Spurs will finish above us this season and we might be lucky to get in top 8. Our defence is to weak and we are losing 2 top midfielders and not replacing them. We need to just go and buy the players we want and deal done not keep trying to save a Few quid then lose out. I will not be paying good money to watch a team notion the up but a downhill spiral. Even our season ticket holders are leaving by the thousands.

  23. simon

    August 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    l want arsene wenger 2 but a good player if he what a trohpy dis season not for he but 4 fars.

  24. Mks adekola

    August 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Wenger why are such an idiot cant you buy player for us. (ko osi travel jòò mr wéré)

  25. seun salau

    August 1, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    whats the problem again with arsene when he has been given a blank 4 the stingy ijebu man all we need 4rm the chairman is to ginger the mother fucker 2 sign great player like mata and defender.thats all.

  26. omo ade

    August 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    it is not great news for gunners fans unit arsenal site conferm the news of mata but the most problem arsenal have is big strong tall defender like samba or caill

  27. Hessy

    August 1, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Wenger wake up and smell the f**kin coffee u r losin out on mata he would have been unbelievable we need him get rid of fab he doesn’t want to play 4 us let him stay on barcas bench take 36million buy mata jags sell koscielny. Bendtner eboue squillaci almunia u must sign MATA !!!!!!!!!!!! Lukaku forget Barton get Joel Campbell Cahill Samba try 2get hazard even tho we won’t plz u stupid french bas””rd

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