Arsene Wenger hopeful of bringing Chelsea star Juan Mata to Arsenal
Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal are seeking to acquire the service of Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata. However, the Frenchman understands that the chance of Arsenal signing in the coveted Spanish attacking midfielder is very low; since the Stamford Bridge boss Jose Mourinho won’t let Mata join a domestic rival.
Mata has been targeted by a couple of Premier League clubs this summer. Manchester United have been after the 25-year-old Spain international for the majority of the transfer window. Tottenham Hotspur have been heavily linked with Mata during the past 48 hours as they prepare for life without Gareth Bale.
Despite all the interest shown in Mata, Mourinho is insists that the versatile forward is one of his key players. It is quite questionable to see Mata come under the label of important players, especially since he has seen little time on the field under Mourinho.
According to the BBC Mata’s father was spotted in the Directors Box at the Emirates Stadium where he was watching Arsenal’s Champions League qualifier against Fenerbache. This news has further fueled the possibility of Mata’s exit from Chelsea.
“I like him. I have heard like you because I watched the game last night, that Juan Mata could be on the market,” Wenger told reporters. “I don't know. There is, anyway, a reluctance in England to sell to each other.”
Mourinho has been quite stubborn about not selling Mata to Manchester United, although the Premier League champions have persistently come up with new bids for the former Valencia star.
In his post-match interview Wenger also discussed Arsenal’s transfer targets. The Emirates boss admits Arsenal has faced “bad luck” in signing players, but he is now content with his current squad. With a game against London rival Tottenham Hotspur coming up, Wenger claims its time to focus towards the Premier League rather than the transfer window.
“I don’t know what to say anymore (on transfers), I've said it all before,” Wenger said. “There is nothing new to report. We want now to prepare for the next game and leave all the rest. We work hard on it and we do the maximum. I cannot tell you more than we are on the market. Everybody knows. The whole world knows that now.
“I cannot be more creative than that in the press conferences because all has been said and nothing has been concluded yet so I can understand your questions but I cannot give you more answers at the moment.”