There is a sense of outrage by Chelsea fans throughout the Football Transfer Tavern as Thom Drake from Mail Online arrives to tell punters that midfielder Juan Mata is the subject of a audacious loan bid from La Liga side Atletico Madrid.
According to Drake, Atletico have sent representatives to Stamford Bridge to pursue a possible one-year deal for the Spanish international who collected the club’s Player of the Year award last term.
New Blues manager Jose Mourinho reportedly has his doubts about Mata’s usefulness in his setup and after the arrival of Brazilian winger Willian he may be thinking about letting the Spaniard leave this summer.
Atletico saw main striker Radamel Falcao depart earlier in the summer for £50 million and despite landing Barcelona’s David Villa, Mata is viewed as the creative player Diego Simeone’s side needs with current forward Adrian Lopez also remaining unsettled with the Madrid-based club.
The former Valencia man joined the Blues in 2011 for £24 million and has been a shining light in his two seasons with the SW6 outfit but given his possible lack of game time due to Willian’s £30 million arrival, Mata may seek a move away as he looks to put himself in Spain setup for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.
Mata started on the bench against Hull City and played only 64 minutes in their victory over Aston Villa and as one punter points out it will be interesting to see if he now makes Mourinho’s first team for tonight’s huge clash against Manchester United.