Emirates Stadium boss looking to spend big on La Liga star.
Arsenal are ready to slap in a bid for Valencia winger Juan Mata.
The Sun says the Gunners remain hopeful of signing £20million ace Mata after the Spanish midfielder admitted he could be leaving Valencia.
Mata, 23, will be Arsene Wenger’s top target if Cesc Fabregas or Samir Nasri move away from the Emirates this summer.
Mata said: “I cannot control the rumours about me.
“If there is an offer for me, then Valencia will be the first people to know about it and they should value it.”
Arsenal fans are hoping that Arsene Wenger splashes the cash this summer and thus far has only brought in Gervinho and Carl Jenkinson, neither of whom are exactly spectacular captures but are very good players with great potential to make a name for themselves at the Emirates Stadium, however a move to spend big to bring Valencia attacker Juan Mata to the North London club will please supporters.
Mata appears ready to leave the Mestalla and follow former team-mate David Silva to the Premier League and the 23 year old would be a top quality signing who is at the peak of his powers at present. After four seasons at Valencia the time may be right for a new challenge.
The adaptable attacker has this summer helped Spain to a European Under 21 Championship triumph and his pace and trickery have made him a much sought after player. Mata can operate as an orthodox striker or more commonly as a winger.
Arsenal would appear to have a large number of wide options but given that there has been much speculation about the futures of both Samir Nasri and Andrei Arshavin perhaps interest in the Spaniard is in response to possible sales? That said the Gunners also have the likes Theo Walcott and youngsters Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Ryo Miyaichi who can operate out wide.
Wenger would do well to bolster his central defensive options this summer and to that end reportedly made an unsuccessful bid for Everton’s Phil Jagielka. Last summer the Arsenal boss brought in Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squillaci and neither impressed greatly last term.