Another day of excitement for Arsenal in the transfer market without anything actually happening!
Mata has been reported to have tied his colours to the Arsenal mast and rejected Harry Redknapp’s overtures, and nobody actually blames him. Spurs have had their one season In the Champions League, the DVD Box Set has been produced to keep the fans sweet, whilst Arsenal with the acquisition of players like Mata and keeping van Persie fit will challenge for the title next season.
Reports in The Times state that we are going to increase our offer for Jagielka to £13M, this might be more acceptable to Everton, but I still question whether Jagielka is the man for us.
There have been more links with Benzema. It is rumoured that Real Madrid are interested in Tevez and would need to clear out a few players to raise the funds and the wages. The fee is thought to be around £25M for the France striker. This is a player who Wenger rates highly and it could be another Henry situation, whereby his move from France was not a success and Wenger moves in to offer him an escape route.
On the departure front despite the many announcements that Eboue has agreed terms with Galatasaray, there has been no announcement from wither club or player, but a £4m deal has been mentioned in several places.
Antoher player about to leave is our Denmark striker Niklas Bendtner who has been excused from playing a part in our pre-season friendlies to look for another club. Both the Metro and Correio da Manhã have stated that Bendtner is in Portugal and will be unveiled as a Sporting Lisbon player. The fee thought to be In the region of £9M. Bentdner has been slated by many, but we must also ask ourselves was he really given the chance to play in his favourite position, a central striker? Too often he as asked to play out on the wing, when his threat was more aerial and holding the ball.
Another want-away star is left kicking his heals training with the reserves and youth team, this is our illustrious and respectful captain who is also nursing an injury. His beloved Barcelona are not prepared to meet the asking price £35M-£40M. Barcelona are digging in their heals because Arsenal signed Cesc from Barcelona for a nominal fee they are of the opinion that they do not have to pay the asking price. Arsenal fans are resigned to losing Cesc this summer, we just want it sorted out sooner rather than later.
Arsenal’s big week-end is just two days away and Arsenal fans would love to see Mata and a defender unveiled on Saturday before the tournament starts.
Having virtually sealed the deal for Gervinho, Wenger is looking to finalise his next signing, with Valencia and Spain midfielder Juan Mata high on the list.
Mata is a consistent player with Valencia, captaining Los Che last season to a Champions League spot. Whilst the player has not requested move, Valencia’s financial situation means they have to sell just to stand still. The Spain international has scored 33 goals in four seasons at Valencia, not a bad return. Mata plays on the left-wing, but this means nothing to Wenger who will play left footed players on the right and vice-versa or even through the centre.
The player’s agent, his father, has said that they are aware of foreign clubs interest in the player but are awaiting the decision of Valencia.
Mata has a reported £22M buy-out clause, but Wenger as always, is looking at spending £15M! Both the Daily Mirror and The Mail have us linked with Mata. The Mirror states that Wenger is confident of landing the left-winger for £15M, whilst The Mail brings Spurs into the equation and puts a £20M value on Mata.
Valencia have made provisions for the departure of Mata with the signing of Pablo Piatti from Almeria.
His recruitment, if it comes about will be interesting as with Gervinho, Walcott and Arshavin all playing similar roles where will Wenger fit them all in? What is not certain is that Nasri could see the recruitment of Gervinho and Mata as the “statement of intent” that he has been looking for to sign a new contract.
With Arsenal due to fly out to the Far East on Sunday and not return back until 19 July, do not expect anything to happen for the next 10 days or so.
The transfer window is nearly open for Arsenal, this week and next week, once players report back for pre-season is when the movement will start.
A new name of the block, Spain under-21 international Juan Mata is the player for Wenger or so go the reports doing the rounds on Sunday and Monday. The 23 year-old player is reported to be subject or soon to be subject to a formal bid from Arsenal in the region of £18M. Liverpool are also rumoured to be after the Valencia winger, but people forget that the Spanish contingent at Anfield has been dismantled since the departure of Benitez.
The question is will Wenger go for Mata and Gervinho and Alvarez? I doubt all three, maybe two out of the three and even though we appear to have agreed terms with Gervinho and Alvarez, we do not appear to have lodged formal bids.
If Wenger signs Mata, we must celebrate too much. Our history of Spanish signings is nothing to write home about. Reyes, Fabregas and Merida all couldn’t wait to run back to Spain, will Mata be different if in two or three years Real Madrid come knocking at the door? Arsenal need to insert a buy-out clause of £45M into any contract.