The father of Spanish international Juan Mata has confirmed that Arsenal lodged a bid to sign his son, only for the Gunners offer to be rejected by Valencia.
Arsene Wenger is known to admire the player’s qualities and with Barcelona thought to be closing in on a deal to sign Cesc Fabregas it has been widely speculated that the 23-year-old Los Che midfielder is the number one target for the Emirates outfit.
Speaking to Calciomercato.com, Juan Mata Senior confirmed:
“Valencia simply rejected their offer. After some hesitation they answered ‘no’ to the Gunners’ offer.
“So my son remains a Valencia player, for now. But I don’t think it’s their last offer.
“There are several offers for Mata and I think that Arsenal will come forward again. The situation is still evolving.”
It remains to be seen whether Arsene Wenger sanctions a second bid for Mata, however, with several reports indicating that the player’s buyout clause has more than tripled following the passing of a July 31st deadline, it appears that Arsenal could have to pay more than the original supposed £17.5 million asking price.
The situation is further complicated by reported interest shown by the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan, although Mata Senior remained coy on a bidding war:
“The Inter team has never directly contacted me. I read the newspapers and I know through mutual contacts in Milan that my son is in high esteem. We’ll see if Inter will step in directly. But I repeat: everything depends on the president of Valencia.”
If Inter Milan do prove to be one of Mata’s suitors it would represent the second time this summer that Arsenal have gone head-to-head with the Italian giants for a player’s signature. Last month Argentine winger Ricky Alvarez opted to move to the San Siro despite a prolonged attempt on the part of the Gunners board to seal a deal with his side Velez Sarsfield.