Tottenham Attempt To Hijack Arsenal’s £21m Bid For Spanish Star

White Hart Lane club join the Emirates in race for Mestalla playmaker.

Tottenham Hotspur are willing to rival Arsenal in the race for Valencia midfielder Juan Mata with the Spanish club willing to sell for £21million.

Spurs want to bring the 23-year-old to the white half of north London to appease their big stars, like Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, to keep them out of the clutches of Europe’s big clubs.

Manager Harry Redknapp is a known admirer of the Spain international having personally watched him several times while on scouting trips to the country.

He hopes to finance the deal by offloading fringe stars such as Niko Kranjcar, David Bentley, Wilson Palacios and Alan Hutton, according to the Daily Mail.

The move comes just as chairman Daniel Levy declares Modric is not up for sale despite strong interest from neighbours Chelsea.

Arsenal are in a strong position to sign Mata and have opened negotiations, but Tottenham hope they can convince him White Hart Lane would be his best career move.

The Gunners are worried midfielder Samir Nasri will not sign a new contract and want Mata whether the Frenchman stays or goes.

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