Mata could force Arsenal move: Juan Mata will have to submit an official transfer request if he wants to push through a move to Arsenal before the transfer deadline on Monday night, reports the Sunday People. The Spaniard was arguably Chelsea’s best player last season, but has hardly featured under Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger has confirmed his interest in the 25-year-old. However Mourinho is not keen to sell Mata, which would be an unpopular move, leaving the player to insist on a £30m switch.
Paper Round’s view: Mata finds himself in something of a pickle. He is clearly out of favour with his manager and will be desperate for regular football ahead of the World Cup. A move to Arsenal would suit him perfectly, but Chelsea remain understandably reluctant to sell a fans’ favourite to their London rivals. Unless Arsenal are prepared to open their wallet, Mata could be left frustratingly in limbo on the fringes at Chelsea.