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What's The Mata On Monday Morning?

What's The Mata On Monday Morning?

Monday morning, transfer rumours aplenty ….. I wonder how many of them are true?

First of all the big "story" of the day is that of Arsene Wenger lining up an £18 Million bid for "highly rated" (anyone else getting tired of hearing that phrase?) Spanish under 21`s player Juan Mata

Of course all the articles suggest that Mata, a skilful play-maker is probably being lined up to replace either Cesc or Nasri. Has anyone ever thought we just need more top class players in order to challenge for honours and to convince our current top class players to stay?

Speaking of keeping our best players, it`s being reported that Barcelona are "upping" their bid for Cesc Fabregas from £27M to £31M.

If £35M wasn`t enough to get us to sell last year, how on earth is £31M going to be enough this year. Wenger should just tell them not to bother coming back with any other offers until they can afford at least £45M and stop wasting everybody`s time.

Sky Sports say Inter Milan are having a crack at signing Velez Sarsfield`s Ricardo Alvarez, rendering the claims of Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini (reported in This Article) that Alvarez was "already a Gunner" as absolute bollocks.

Reports claim that Manchester United are set to test our resolve and are lining up a tasty bid for Samir Nasri. All I have to say on that is if Ferguson expects Wenger to sell one of our best players to him then he`s going to have to pay waaaaaaaay over the odds for the Frenchman.

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Date:Monday June 27 2011
Time: 10:05AM


Dont know how true this information about Mata is. He is rare talent and it would take a lot more than 20 million euros to get him. Dont think Valencia will part with him for anything less than a fortune.
27/06/2011 11:30:00
I think it was Arseblog that commented on Valencia's crippling debt, £18M is a lot of money, an amount they might not be able to refuse, not to mention the opening offer is usually not the full amount willing to pay. That said I'll believe it when I see it.
27/06/2011 12:01:00
Mata is a player that can improve our side Rocky so its good to see this link and 18 million pounds like you said is a lot of money by our standard. But Valencia/ his agent have leaked our interest in Mata to the media and before we know it, Valencia's asking price for Mata will touch 25 million.
27/06/2011 12:04:00
If this is true we must have something like that price in mind, start low then you don't get pushed too high. I still find it hard to believe as Wenger has not spent huge sums of cash like that before. Every year I think this summer might be different and every I'm proved wrong. Whilst last season should have made this summer a shoe-in for Wenger to bring in some proper class no matter what the price, I'm still pretty skeptical.
27/06/2011 12:17:00
I hope we get more concrete news on defensive players. We are supposedly close to completing the signings of Gervinho, Alvarez, Chamberlain Oxlade and linked with others like Mata when i would like to hear we are close to signing Defenders/Defensive Midfielder
27/06/2011 12:32:00
Dont get your hopes up
27/06/2011 12:37:00
Indeed Paul - It's a little over 2 weeks ... TWO WEEKS ... till our pre-season games start, and we should be doing everything possible to have our transfers sewn up by then. What with our massively tough start to the PL season, waiting till ten minutes before the transfer window closes just to save a few quid is not going to cut it this time I'm afraid.
27/06/2011 12:42:00
Whilst I'm not going to give Arsenal the benefit of the doubt anymore, I will say that it must be frustrating as hell to track a player for years, get ready to sign him and then have our interest leaked so that clubs with much bigger wallets can simply swan in and outbid us. Which is why Arsenal should pay the going price and try and get it done as quickly as possible, the market is in Reganomics mode right now, penny pinching does not cut it.
Professor Calculus
27/06/2011 13:39:00
Man City have become a bit like Chelsea circa 2005. They're like the kid that looks over your shoulder and copies your Maths exam when you've revised ******** hard. I sense Arsenal are wise to this and might be throwing some decoys about.
Little Dutch
27/06/2011 13:43:00
I doubt there are any targets not known to any of the clubs anymore, so it doesn't matter who your'e linked with.
27/06/2011 14:55:00
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