Arsene Wenger has admitted his interest in Chelsea’s Juan Mata but doubts that Jose Mourinho will sanction a move to another English club.
The gifted Spaniard was on the verge of signing for Arsenal two summers ago when Wenger pulled the plug on the deal at the last minute, and with reports that Mata’s father was watching the 2-0 win over Fenerbahce from the Arsenal Director’s Box, rumours abounded about an Arsenal move.
“I like him. I have heard like you because I watched the game (Utd v Chelsea), that Juan Mata could be on the market,” he said. “I don’t know. Anyway, there is a reluctance in England to sell to each other.”
It’s hard to imagine Chelsea would be stupid enough to sell their best player but when Mourinho takes agin ya, it’s hard to win him around.
After the Fenerbahce win, Wenger was reluctant to be drawn about any potential moves before the transfer window closed, again reiterating that he couldn’t provide any details to the press.
“I don’t know what else to say,” he told the ITV reporter, before addressing the issue in his post-game press conference.
“I cannot tell you more than we are on the market. Everybody knows. The whole world knows that now.
“I cannot be more creative than that in the press conferences because all has been said and nothing has been concluded yet so I can understand your questions but I cannot give you more answers at the moment.”
The lay-off of Lukas Podolski and possible issues for Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere may concentrate minds in the Arsenal offices this week, but let’s remember any deals we do need to be done regardless of injury issues.
We need to get our Dick out and make things happen.