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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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Ston
Ston
9 years ago

I will be lost for words if this turns out to be true.

Berk Nose
Berk Nose
9 years ago

We are a bloody circus aren’t we.

King
King
9 years ago

F**k sake arsene. Now onto a 14yrd old winger to sign or a £5 tops signing to replace cesc with

TopGunPires
TopGunPires
9 years ago

Why would Arsenal send the payment before the medical and personal terms are done? This doesnt add up….

Steve of Chiang Mai
Steve of Chiang Mai
9 years ago

If Wenger misses this opportunity because he has dithered over Fabregas and Nasri – who clearly dont want to be at Arsenal, he may well have blown off any good will he had left with fans.

Jack
Jack
9 years ago

Completing false as 1. It is Spanish law that players have a release clause that runs the length of their contract. 2. The bid was accepted that’s it the clause has been met nothing Valencia can do. Only applies if a bid came after.

athlon
athlon
9 years ago

OK, everybody knows that nowadays we’re not the best negotiators but it would be a massive blow not just for Arsenal but for every club which were interested for him. But to defend Wenger: what was Manuel Llorente (the President of Valencia) expecting? To pay that huge amount of money without a medical? It doesn’t take only 5 minutes but days. However, some kind of pre-agreement should have been signed. Now that his release clause has been increased doesn’t mean anything. If Arsenal really want to sign the player – and if Mata wants to come – he could still… Read more »

South Yorkshire Gunner
South Yorkshire Gunner
9 years ago

Too true TGP. It doesn’t add up.

If it is the case Arsenal would have known anyway.

Keeping fingers crossed that the 3 signings Myles Palmer’s been on about will materialise.

I wouldn’t mind Joey Barton either.

Savage
Savage
9 years ago

Obviously this bit of information is only a small part of the picture, so I see no point in people getting worked up.

snipzy
snipzy
9 years ago

Spend some F***in money Wenger

Marty Price
9 years ago

Come on folks Wenger has been there all these 16 years. I do not expect he will change. Dein come back and pull the trigger on a deal or two. Seriously folks there will be no deals, and all of us, the squad included will be left wondering what the hell is worng with Arsene. This year Cesc will be gone, Samir will be, next year it wil be Van Persie, then Wishire, as they all get tired of the bullshit.. Management knew exactly what Mata would cost, and yet dithered. WE no longer hear about Cahill, Samba, Jagielka, but… Read more »

Savage
Savage
9 years ago

Keep in mind also that we’ll make a stash of cash if we sell Fab or Nasri, so we’ll be able to pay good money, and Valencia can’t afford to turn a good offer down.

ne
ne
9 years ago

toingx2…these one is not the 1st and it aint gonna be the last, as long as wenger won’t change. Jezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, sigh. BOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. to stingy.

Duane78
Duane78
9 years ago

maybe Arsenal negotiators saw something really fishy hence the delay. that said, i think this is just some funky journalism from whatever source. Not hear of a release clause expiring before. And even if it does expire, does that not make it easier to buy the player?

South Yorkshire Gunner
South Yorkshire Gunner
9 years ago

Marty
Jagielka and Mata will sign – There has been mention tht Cahill will also.

Afc kings
Afc kings
9 years ago

Espn Spain say Mata has signed . Balagues a twat that hates arsenal. The deals done and dusted, Dont panic!

old school gooner
old school gooner
9 years ago

Come on Arsenal sort it out,we are becoming a laughing stock,need to take a page out of Man Utds book ,find the player you want and discreetly sign him,we need a quality keeper,new centre back,Midfielder and striker without these new signings we are F**k*d.

keith
keith
9 years ago

If this shocking revelation is true, due to Arsene and his management team “waiting on Barca to do the Cesc deal” what little confidence we all have left in Arsene will disappear entirely. Arsenal will become a laughing stock in Professional soccer circles and NO STRONG PLAYERS will want to come to the team any longer. Now I must say I read that the deadline was MONDAY night not SUNDAY night so we may have time left to do the deal but, it was a media story and so it may not be accurate. It will be a heartbreak if… Read more »

EnfieldGooner
EnfieldGooner
9 years ago

I am beside myself with anger at the moment…WHAT is Gazidis being paid for it this is indeed true? Maybe it is true that since we lost David Dean we cannot negotiate for toffee…This is not acceptable! As it has been said, Cesc and Nasri do not want to stay so get rid of them and replace ASAP. They do not want to be here and will never be regarded as legends. Is there money – Yes or No. If no then fine, Arsene Wenger will do the best we can – just be honest with us. If Yes then… Read more »

Reds
Reds
9 years ago

Wenger dosent do the deals, it isnt up to him its Gazidis who is too blame.
People that keep on blaming Wenger for lack of transfers are WRONG, he even said it the other day,”just because I like someone dosent me we will sign them”.
Ivan does the deals NOT Wenger !!

athlon
athlon
9 years ago

@Afc kings: Could you give us source?

Marty Price
9 years ago

@South Yorkshire Gunner: Keeping my fingers crosssed!!!

ole
ole
9 years ago

If this is true Cesc stays, and that is a shame since he is a joke in the arsenal shirt. Much rather have Mata over Cesc anyday.

Andy
Andy
9 years ago

Come to re-surging Anfield, Juan!!!!!!! Forget about downward spiraling arsenal.

DEL
DEL
9 years ago

If arsenal don’t buy any good players , i am going to go and watch Fulham this season.

John
John
9 years ago

True reds. Gazidis is turning out to be Chief Executive version of Ian Dowie. He is turning us into an absolute joke. The Mark Schwarzer cock up was bad last year and if it turns out to be true that we have missed out on Mata, Cahill and Jagielka. Then the guy has to be sacked and forced out the club.

Godders
Godders
9 years ago

Heard from a very reliable source that Mata deal is 100% agreed and will be announced this week. All that needs to be finalised is a medical. We also have a strong interest in Joey Barton but Wenger would prefer Scott Parker and are still negotiating with West Ham.

Afc kings
Afc kings
9 years ago

Espn espana I’ve just said!

anon
anon
9 years ago

We seem to be getting poorer and poorer every year – where is the money going

RedandDread
RedandDread
9 years ago

The doom & gloomers out there don’t need anymore fuel for their fire. This article has been copied from others on the net. Why get these poor Gooners all in a twist. Cheap non original blogging from you here here. From more noted/reliable sources the deal has been done already with personal details to be agreed with the player.

ogban
ogban
9 years ago

I agree about the dithering point. It serves no useful purpose. In an ideal situation, get in the players we want and place the blokes who want to go in a take-it-or-leave-it situation. But, alas, nothing is ever ideal.

mike
9 years ago

f*** sake,even if we do sell fab there is no way arsene will spend that on mata. he is no where near as good, ive had enough of arsene now he should have signed lots of players by now. there is already 30 million to spend.

jamesboy
9 years ago

hallo my fellow fan, sorry to say that i hat wnger becz he also hat my dear team arsenal. do you know why i said that he hat arsenal (1) he doest have choice of buying player for us,(2) he dont even care about who to buy becz he believe all the player are equell which we all knows that is lie.just look at this man he tried to buy arveres but faill but still dont care think that there are more other players,look at cahill now which i can swaer he is gonna miss too look at samba still… Read more »

Godders
Godders
9 years ago

Mata flew from Lisbon into London this morning. 1st part of his medical done today and will be completed in the morning. Deal will be announced on arsenal.com by tomorrow evening the latest!!!!!!!!

Wayne
Wayne
9 years ago

Just pay the 28 million for Mata he’s worth every penny and is prob better than fabrigas. Fuck fab and Nasri off. Both money grabbing glory hunters. Get the money for both buy Mata and Jagielka for 45 million the pair. We will get 56 million for fab and Nasri. That’s 11 million profit and nothing coming from our funds. So buy Samba also for 12 million we will have 3 class players and only a million spent but lower wages also. Wenger please do what is right.

Wayne
Wayne
9 years ago

Godders where did you hear that from. Nothing on sky sports about mata having medical at Arsenal this morning.

Webbie
Webbie
9 years ago

I am almost convinced AW does not want to win silverware and we need answers.

athlon
athlon
9 years ago

@Afc kings:
Just give us a concrete link.

Wayne
Wayne
9 years ago

Lol Gunzblazing your right. I thought Spursnwere the yids but it seems like we are. I can’t understand why the deal for Cahil, Mata, and Jagielka are just not done and dusted. It’s a shame to us crumble as that’s what will happen if we do not sign at least 2 of the 3 players I stated. Bring back David Dein he would of rapped all them up by now.

desmond
desmond
9 years ago

I think AW shouldn’t wait for Cesc and Nasri to go first before we buy Mata cause we may loose both of them on the last day transfer window

Godders
Godders
9 years ago

My girlfriend works at Sopwell House Hotel in St Albans where Mata is staying tonight. Gervinho is also staying there whilst house hunting. Gooners keep the faith……my sources are saying there’ll be a lot of activity this week. Mata is done, Barton is a maybe depending on the Parker negotiations, Campbell will be confirmed once the under 20’s world cup is over and Cahill is more likey than Jagielka!

desmond
desmond
9 years ago

Godders, I hope it is true. Yes, I prefer Cahill then Jagielka.

athlon
athlon
9 years ago

Mata was training today with Valencia prior to their friendly against Hamburg, so he is definetly not in London.

Wayne
Wayne
9 years ago

Godders I also hope it’s true. I would love Mata and Cahil at the emirates. Not to sure about Barton though he’s a thug but he may give us a kick up the ass to win and will give some experience to the side. also samba or Jagielka so The terminator can go left back with Cahil and Jagielka centre with Sagna right back. Let’s keep our hopes up and fingers crossed we have some good news by tomorrow night.

andy
andy
9 years ago

So share your source that says 100%.

Wayne
Wayne
9 years ago

I don’t know what to believe any more. I’m just going to wait and see what happens now as to many people giving false information. So let’s just see what happens. On Wengers head be it if no one is signed as I think a lot of fans will want his head.

ken
ken
9 years ago

Dont believe we ever put in a serious bid just a whipped up publicity stunt to stop mass demonstrations by fans at the Emirates cup.
There will be no more signings.and both Cesc and Nasri will be sold.
THE END IS NEAR FOR WENGER AND THE BOARD

nico_gooner
nico_gooner
9 years ago

No pics of Mata at todays training on the Valencia homepage. Athlon how do you know he was there?

desmond
desmond
9 years ago

What is the point of having world class stadium without a world class team. AW should do a few world class signing this summer rather then wait for each of our best player leave us until we only able to fight for mid-table team

athlon
athlon
9 years ago

there is a video from the official website of Valencia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mlt1CGxa_ug&feature=player_embedded

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