Mata deal 'unlikely' after fresh contract revelation

Arsenal’s chase for Spanish midfielder Juan Mata looks to have ended, with journalist Guillem Balague reporting that the Gunners failed to pay the 23-year-old’s buy-out clause before it expired on Sunday night.

Manager Arsene Wenger was seemingly in pole position to sign Mata, who according Balague, also had his heart set on a move to Emirates Stadium.

Highly-rated Mata was also said to be fielding interest from arch-rivals Tottenham, but preffered a switch to a club that could offer Champions League football.

Following the expiration of Mata’s buy-out clause, it appears unlikely that the La Liga giants will accept any offers which are under £28million or less.


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