Tottenham boss AVB rules out move for Chelsea star Juan Mata
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andres Villas-Boas claims his side will complete more signings near to the transfer window, but Chelsea star Juan Mata won’t be one of them. With roundabout 72 hours left in the transfer window, Tottenham Hotspur have completed a move for Erik Lamela and are growing closer to signing Christian Eriksen and Vlad Chiriches.
Villas-Boas shrugged off reports suggesting he could bring Chelsea’s unsettled winger Mata to Tottenham Hotspur. The former Chelsea manager also suggested that transfer activity for individual domestic league should end as soon as the season begins.
Since Tottenham Hotspur are yet to receive a world-record transfer fee of €100 million from Real Madrid for selling Gareth Bale, the London-based club can still spend €53 million on player. Spurs have already spent near to €68 million on players such as Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue.
According to reports, Tottenham Hotspur paid Roma €30 million for Lamela. Chiriches is expected to be signed in for €8 million from Steaua Bucharest. Meanwhile, the Ajax star Eriksen is expected to make a move worth €15 million.
“I have told you that we will continue re-strengthening the squad so we are looking at different positions to make us stronger,” Villas-Boas said. “Not only those players [Lamela and Eriksen], others as well. In the next couple of days we will have further news and I think we will see further additions at Tottenham.”
Despite making big-money signings this summer and attracting one of the best players in the market, Villa-Boas believes a deal for Mata is highly unlikely.
“First, Chelsea wouldn’t sell to Tottenham in any way or form, as they think that we are title contenders,” Villas-Boas explained. “Mata is a great, great player -- player of the season last season -- very, very important player for Chelsea. They’re just not going to strengthen another team that, in their opinion, are rivals for the title.”
Chelsea are continuously ruling out bids from Juan Mata, although Manchester United and Arsenal are expected to table one last bid on the coveted Spanish forward before the end of the summer transfer window.