Wenger doubts deal for Mata

Arsene Wenger has admitted he 'likes' Juan Mata, but has questioned whether Chelsea would be willing to sell the playmaker to Arsenal.

Last Updated: 28/08/13 at 11:24 Post Comment

Juan Mata: Chelsea playmaker has been linked with Arsenal

Juan Mata: Chelsea playmaker has been linked with Arsenal

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Mata's future has been the subject of speculation throughout the summer and he was linked with a move to Manchester United as part of Chelsea's bid to try to sign Wayne Rooney.

The Spain international's omission from the Chelsea team which drew 0-0 at Old Trafford on Monday night only served to intensify rumours he could be sold before the transfer window closes.

Chelsea's impending signing of Willian will increase competition for places, even though Jose Mourinho has insisted that Mata is not for sale.

There were reports that Juan Mata senior, the player's father and agent, was at the Emirates Stadium to watch Arsenal's UEFA Champions League tie against Fenerbahce on Tuesday night, but Wenger has suggested a deal would be a long shot.

"I like him," said Wenger, who was beaten to the former Valencia playmaker's signature by Chelsea two years' ago.

"I watched the game last night and I've heard, like you, Juan Mata could be on the market.

"There is anyway in England a reluctance to sell to each other."

Speaking after the draw against United, Mourinho had said: "He is very important for me and very important for Chelsea.

"The stories that are coming out are nonsense stories. He goes nowhere."

Fresh reports have also claimed that Tottenham Hotspur may try and swoop for Mata if Gareth Bale moves on, while Atletico Madrid have also been credited with an interest in the 25-year-old.

Atletico president Enrique Cerezo has admitted he is an admirer of Mata, but has played down talk of a transfer by admitting he would probably cost too much.

Cerezo was quoted as saying in The Sun: "Mata is a good player but he's playing in the Premier League and over there they pay a lot."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

Stuart Pearce sacked as Nottingham Forest manager

Stuart Pearce has been sacked as manager of Nottingham Forest, the club confirmed on Sunday evening.

Transfer news: Tottenham look to offload trio and sign a player on loan

Tottenham will allow Emmanuel Adebayor and either Younes Kaboul or Vlad Chiriches to leave on loan before the deadline.

Premier League: Swansea late show stuns Southampton at St Mary's

Swansea City beat Southampton 1-0 at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon thanks to a brilliant late strike by Jonjo Shelvey.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company