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Transfer Truth: The Truth on Mata To Arsenal

Posted on Jul 22nd, 2013 by Jim Walker

Only a few days ago we gave the chance of Juan Mata leaving Chelsea a rating of just 5% for both truth and likeliness, but the Daily Mail are now linking him with Arsenal. Could that really happen?

Mate: Transfer Truth: 10%
We're going to give this slightly more credibility than the vague rumours about Mata and David Luiz that started around the time of their first bid for Wayne Rooney. Chelsea immediately denied that either of them was offered as part of a deal for the United striker, while Jose Mourinho has specifically said neither is for sale. But still the rumours come. Just a few days ago Mourinho restated his "no way, no way" position on Luiz and Mata when he was asked about any possibility of either player leaving Stamford Bridge:

I have told them they are very important for me. How can I change that two days later? So, no contact with them.

The Mail say that Mata has been a target for Arsene Wenger for some time now, having missed out on him two summers ago when he joined Chelsea, and his interest has been piqued by hints that Mourinho might not be as keen on the Spaniard as his predecessors were because he doesn't fit into his style of play.

Whether that's true or not remains to be seen, but you can't reall take his insistence that there will be no departure this summer at face value, otherwise you have to do the same with the likes of Wayne Rooney and Cesc Fabregas, so despite Mourinho's denials, there might just be something to cling on to here.

Truth-o-meter
Arsenal have definitely got money to spend this summer and aren't afraid to throw it at players that you wouldn't imagine would be sold to them - their pursuit of Luis Suarez being a case in point - so you can't write off the idea that they would try their luck with Mata.

He's been one of the best players in the Premier League since joining, and if his situation at Chelsea isn't as clear-cut as it might have been before, just maybe there is a chance that Mourinho will go back on his word and cash in.

However, there's only speculation in this story at the moment and we can't really see it happening. Whatever Mourinho's tactical plans may be (we're guessing not 'all out attack'), he's unlikely to see Mata as being expendable.

Likeliness of Signing: 10%
Fit at Club: 90%


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