Juan Mata

Back in summer 2011, Arsenal were the bookies’ favourite to sign Chelsea man Juan Mata from former club Valencia as a replacement for Barcelona-bound Cesc Fabregas in midfield.

The Spain international had a minimum fee release clause of £18million in his contract, and the Gunners were more than happy to buy out the fee.

But as Arsene Wenger waited for the cash from the Fabregas-Barcelona deal, Mata’s release clause expired, which in typical Wenger fashion, ended his interest in the attacking midfielder as Valencia revalued their man at £25million.

Chelsea soon turned up with a £24million offer not long after, and the Spaniard switched to Stamford Bridge, where he’s gone on to claim an FA Cup, Champions League title and Europa League title, winning the Blues’ Player of the Year award two seasons in a row.

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