Transfer news: Juan Mata offered way out of Chelsea by Rafa Benitez and Napoli with £20m bid - reports
The Spain international was visibly frustrated at being taking off in Chelsea's recent victory over Southampton
Friday 03 January 2014
Rafael Benitez is reportedly preparing a bid in excess of £20m for Chelsea’s unsettled playmaker Juan Mata after Jose Mourinho told the Spaniard that he was free to leave during the January transfer window.
Despite being crowned Chelsea’s Player of the Year for the past two seasons, Mata has been cast adrift in Mourinho’s second spell at Stamford Bridge as the Portuguese opts to play Brazilian playmaker Oscar in his place.
Benitez, the Napoli manager and Mourinho’s long-term adversary in the press, has been monitoring the situation closely after forging a friendship with the 25-year-old during the Europa League winning campaign of 2013.
After the Blues eased to a 3-0 victory over Southampton earlier this week, Mourinho revealed that Mata is welcome to leave should a move present itself. Since then, according to reports, the likes of Manchester United, Paris Saint Germain and Juventus have all joined Benitez in considering a move.
After costing Chelsea £26m from Valencia under the reign of Andre-Villas Boas in 2011, Mata is said to be confused by his manager’s claims that his work rate is unsatisfactory. With thirty-two Spanish caps to his name, he is also concerned that the dispute could damage his chances of adding to that tally in Brazil later this year. With uncertainty over his future, Mata's agent recently sought assurances there are no plans currently in place to offload him.
Mourinho, on the other hand, appears to have made his mind up and will be keen to negotiate any offers in order to finance his forays into the market this winter.
Latest in Sport
Andy Murray tells how coach Amélie Mauresmo revealed her pregnancy
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: The biggest fight of all time, or maybe just the most lucrative?
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao start?
Everton 3 Manchester United 0 player ratings: Who scored lower - Marouane Fellaini or Radamel Falcao?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does it start and where can I watch it?
- 1 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 2 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove