Tottenham must first see off interest in the attacker from the Parc des Princes, and then convince London rivals to sell them their player.
It is understood that big-spending Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur are still interested in signing out-of-favour Chelsea wide man Juan Mata when the winter transfer window does finally open again for business in the new year, although the north London club do face competition for the Spaniard’s signature according to reports in the Sunday Telegraph.
The highly rated Spain international has only been used as a bit-part player so far this season by returning Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho, with the self-styled ‘Special One’ instead preferring to utilise the likes of Oscar, Willian and Eden Hazard in the attacking roles at Stamford Bridge.
And as a result of Mata’s continued exclusion from the west London club’s first team, speculation has therefore continued to mount in recent weeks about the winger’s long-term future with the Blues, especially with this campaign ending as it does with the World Cup in Brazil, a tournament in which Spain are the defending champions no less.
However, Spurs are reportedly likely to face stiff competition for Mata at the turn of the year from mega-rich Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, with the Parisians having made the purchase of the 25-year-old their number one priority for January, while it is also understood that the Blues would rather sell the Spaniard abroad than to a top-flight rival.