Rafa hopes for financial injection to make move for impressive young attacker.
Liverpool have been linked with a £16.5 million move for Valencia winger Juan Mata.
Valencia are struggling financially and desperately need to raise funds. The club’s two most prized assets – David Villa and David Silva – have so far remained at the Mestalla, despite keen interest from the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
However, on Tuesday, Valencia director Fernando Gomez admitted the club may have to sell both, adding: “The club made a great effort to keep our players this summer but our economic situation remains very serious.
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“It was a success to keep them, but there comes a point when you can’t stand it any more.”
Now it looks like Mata will be joining them through the exit door, with Rafa Benitez reportedly willing to pay up to £16.5m for the 21-year-old Spain international.
Mata’s current contract is until 2012, but he is only on £10,000 a week and has turned down a new, improved deal. (Daily Telegraph)
In theory this all sounds well and good until you realise that in order to buy someone we need money to do so. With any luck Messrs Hicks and Gillett (if still at the club by then) will perhaps give Rafa some spending money in January and perhaps attempt to sign this impressive Spanish youngster.
Juan Mata is a top notch attacker who can play in a number of positions but perhaps out wide he is at his most effective and in many ways could be a far more likely capture than the likes of his Valencia teammates, David Villa and David Silva.
The La Liga club is still very much in a financial quagmire and it appears they are slipping ever deeper and the clubs need for cash could help us get the 21 year old for less than the price quoted.