Arsene Wenger is reportedly ready to make a move for Valencia forward Juan Mata, who is valued at £15 million. The Spaniard, fresh from winning the under-21 European championships, can play as either a winger or second striker. He has been involved in Vicente Del Bosque’s senior side and was part of the squad that won the 2010 World Cup.
The Daily Telegraph reports that the 23-year-old’s capture could be motivation for Samir Nasri to stay at the club as Arsene Wenger shows his intention to spend in the transfer market and compete for trophies in 2011/12.
The former Real Madrid youth player was a key figure at the Mestalla last term, and inspired Los Che to a third placed finish in La Liga as a key goalscorer and at times captained the team.
Liverpool have been linked with a move for the Burgos born man also, but a move from the Anfield side will depend on whether they can pry Stewart Downing away from Aston Villa.