ARSENAL missed out on signing Juan Mata from Valencia in 2011 according to the club’s former transfer negotiator Dick Law.
The Spaniard has agreed personal terms with the Gunners over a move to North London, but the club have been too focused on the price tag the LaLiga outfit poses.
This prompted rival Chelsea to look to and secure the services of Mata, who scored nine goals and provided 188 assists in 43 games during the 2010-11 season.
Arsenal are calling for a creative midfielder as they look to replace Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, who are looking to leave the club.
But Arsene Wenger and the club were put off by the combined value of the transfer fee for Mata as well as his contract, which would total £37m.
Law went to Spain to meet Mata’s father and he said the player would love to move to the Emirates.
Talking to The Athletic, he said: “Then we wait. Juan definitely wants to go to Arsenal, there’s no doubt about that.”
When asked if Arsenal would ever consider paying more than their valuation for a player, Law claimed that was never talked about.
He added: “I don’t think that calculation ever entered our equation.
“We don’t have the money to say, ‘We’re going to spend a little more’.”
Arsenal finally lured Mikel Arteta to the club on the final day, while Mata had a fantastic season at Stamford Bridge.
Mata has scored 12 goals and 20 assists in 54 games in all competitions, helping the club to Champions League and FA Cup glory.
His performances helped him win Chelsea Player of the Year for his first two seasons, before he was sold to Manchester United in January 2014 after falling out of favor under Jose Mourinho era.
Mata is part of a long list of stars coming to Arsenal, with Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba all linked with a move.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/premier-league/705474/arsenal-juan-mata-transfer/ Arsenal missed out on Juan Mata’s transfer in 2011 because of over-charged ‘Wenger mix’, before he signed for Chelsea – The Sun of America