Etihad Stadium side set sights on Stamford Bridge midfielder.
Man City are to join the race to sign Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata according to TuttoMercato.
There has been a great deal of speculation as to the Spanish international’s future at Stamford Bridge after playing something of a withdrawn role since the return of boss Jose Mourinho to the West London club.
The talented attacking midfielder has started just two of Chelsea’s four Premier League fixtures this season and was subbed at around the hour mark on both occasions, this has led to talk of a possible exit that didn’t occur in the summer but could well now become the subject of growing interest in the run up to the January transfer window.
Tottenham are also said to be keen on the former Valencia man but one would imagine that a move to Man City may be more tempting to the pint sized performer though it would be fair to say that life under Manuel Pellegrini has been something of a damp squib for the big spending Etihad Stadium side.
Mata’s lack of action is very hard to fathom when you consider the impact he made in each of his first two seasons at Chelsea, during which time the Blues have won Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup crowns with the 25 year old scoring 32 goals and providing 49 assists in the process.