Chelsea to sell Mata to Arsenal? - Mourinho would sell to Premier League rivals remember...

Could the words of Jose Mourinho come back to haunt Chelsea fans, if Juan Mata is sold to The Gunners this summer?

Chelsea have been after Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney all summer, with Jose Mourinho after a new striker to strengthen an area they are generally believed to be weakest.

But with the signing of Samuel Eto’o on a one-year deal in midweek came the end of that well publicised pursuit - as Mourinho confirmed himself that the game was up in regards to a Rooney pursuit.

But, while transfer activity at Chelsea may be over in terms of players coming in through the front door - those being asked to pack up and leave could increase before 11pm tomorrow.

The likes of Demba Ba, Victor Moses and Fernando Torres are all still being linked with an exit - but as is, arguably, their star player from last season - Juan Mata.

With the signing of Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala on Wednesday Chelsea added even more strength to their trio of attacking midfielder’s formation.

Eden Hazard is a no-brainer, while Oscar also seems to be one of the first names on a Mourinho team-sheet.

For many, Juan Mata would be the obvious next option - but Mourinho disagrees.

So far this season he has preferred the more industrious qualities of Kevin de Bruyne and Andre Schurrle - willing runners who certainly look more like Mourinho style players.

With Willian available from next weekend - Mata is fighting for a place in the matchday squad all of a sudden, let alone the starting XI.

In a World Cup year, where Mata is trying to earn a place in perhaps the most competitive national squad on the planet in the form of Spain, he needs regular first-team football to make the cut - that is not going to happen at Chelsea.

But so far the only reported concrete interest has come from rival Premier League outfits. Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have been credited with an interest - with this morning’s papers suggesting Arsenal have made tentative contact over a deal before the end of the transfer window.

But selling the Spaniard to a Premier League rival would go against all previous conceptions of our logic in regards to the Transfer Window - never sell to a rival.

But Mourinho may have his words coming back to haunt him.

Obviously as a ploy attempting to get United to sell him Rooney he mentioned that Premier League teams should not be averse to selling their best players to rivals in the league, as is common in Italy’s Serie A:

"That old-fashioned mentality of 'I don't sell players to the same country' doesn't help the market and doesn't help the players," he said.

"You see in Italy, it happens every season without any problem. The player wants to move from Milan to Inter, from Inter to Milan, from Roma to Juventus, from Juventus to Inter, and they do this all the time.

"Sometimes you push players abroad when you should be interested in keeping them in your league, because when you keep players in your league you are contributing to make your league the best league. So when you want to sell and you are pushing the players abroad I think you are giving the wrong contribution to the league where you are."

So, will Mourinho sell Mata to Arsenal and make the right contribution to the Premier League?

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