Despite Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s insistence the Spain playmaker is not for sale, confusion over his future at Chelsea has increased, as he has not been included in the Spain national team squad ahead of World Cup qualifiers this week.
Now, Marca Radio claims that Liverpool have offered Chelsea £30 million for Mata, whilst the Daily Star asserts that Mata could ‘force’ a move to Arsenal or English champions United by handing in a written transfer request on deadline day.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed his interest in Mata last week but conceded a deal with Chelsea would be likely as they would be reluctant to sell a top player to a domestic rival.
Meanwhile, Mata had been linked with a possible deal to Manchester United with Wayne Rooney potentially moving in the opposite direction but the England number 10’s renewed faith in his future at Old Trafford looked to have settled that deal as a non-event, despite Jose Mourinho’s vocal interest in signing the Red Devils’ striker.
Liverpool, have made three new signings on deadline day – Mata’s Chelsea teammate Victor Moses moves to Anfield on loan, French defender Mamadou Sakho arrives from PSG on a permanent transfer for £13 million along with Sporting Lisbon defender Tiago Ilori for £7 million.
Then, of course, there is the small matter of Luis Suarez who is as yet not the subject of any further speculation over his future at Anfield after a summer saga involving Arsenal failed to come to fruition.
It is as yet unclear as to whether Chelsea have in fact rejected a £30 million bid from anyone, as Marca claims, but The Express are now reporting that PSG are readying a bid for the Chelsea man.
Could it be them and can Chelsea hold them off?
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