Over the last couple of days a new transfer rumour has done the rounds to add to the endless list of players Arsenal have been linked with so far this summer, and this time around the player speculated to be joining Arsenal is the Chelsea and Spain International midfielder Juan Mata.
Firstly can I say that this is definitely a rumour and in no way could I ever see this deal coming off. If it wasn’t for the reports that suggested Chelsea had offered him as part of the deal for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, then I’m sure this speculation would have never arisen. Another factor is that Mourinho apparently doesn’t like flair players and so that’s why he is supposedly keen to get rid of the main man in Chelsea’s midfield.
I consider Chelsea and Arsenal to be of similar standards, despite a clear difference in spending on talent. The last few seasons have shown how the two London clubs have been similar in performances and consistency and as I mentioned, despite the differences in talent, both teams always seem to finish with only a few points difference come the end of the season, while the two Manchester clubs dominate throughout the league. This is another reason why even if Mourinho does allow Mata to leave, in no way would he allow the Spaniard to move across London to Arsenal and therefore strengthen a direct rival.
The only plausible thing about this story is that Wenger was very interested in the player when he was at Valencia, we even reportedly agreed a fee with the Spanish club, but as per usual we were stalling on the wages and the publicised news allowed Chelsea to swoop in and take him from right under our noses.
The whole point of this article was just to say that nobody should really be getting their hopes up. Having been linked with the likes of Rooney and Suarez, you may be open to the possibility that we may be interested in Mata, and I’m sure Wenger would be, but to me this is a completely different situation and so I just can’t see any deal happening.