Last week I mentioned on Twitter that I had an article coming up on a player we have been watching quite a bit of recently. Since then I have been a bit strapped for time but now that the cat is out the bag and other people are reporting we are watching Mata, I may as well get what I know out in the open.
Arsenal watch a ton of players and very few of them end up getting signed, so it doesn’t mean any move is imminent or will happen in the future.
From what I know Mata is being considered (along with others) to fill in for Tomas Rosicky who seems very likely to leave in the summer. Last summer Arsenal had at least two chances to sell Rosicky or involve him in player plus cash deals for two transfer targets that never materialised. This information has come to light a little while after Lille slapped a massive transfer fee on the head of Eden Hazard who Arsene Wenger was very, very keen to bring in. Whilst the two events may be unconnected, they are both very relevant.
Juan has gone on record to say that he is an admirer of Arsenal, but at the end of the day money talks – and Arsenal could get him for significantly less than Eden Hazard, for example.
Valencia are also in a very bad financial state with the last forecasts noting that they were in debt to the tune of £420m – at least. They have a half-built new stadium on which they have had to halt work due to these financial issues and sold several important players recently, including David Villa and David Silva.
Will anything materialise? I have no idea. However, I find it encouraging Arsenal are looking at players of Mata’s quality. Lets see what happens.