Chelsea supporters in the Football Transfer Tavern look massively relieved with the news from Sky Sports that Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata will be staying at the club despite interest from a whole host of European clubs.
Mail Online had earlier reported to wide eyed punters in the tavern that Paris Saint-Germain were planning to take Juan Mata to France in a last minute deal.
The big spending Ligue 1 outfit have already spent over £100 million this summer but are still willing to splash more of their massive transfer budget.
Reports suggested that Mata was being lined up as a replacement for Javier Pastore who had been linked to Arsenal in a surprise deadline day deal but now it seems that Pastore will stay at the Parc des Princes after the Gunners failed to agree a fee with the French side for the 24-year-old, who only joined PSG for £33.7 million from Palermo in 2011.
Mata’s future at Stamford Bridge has looked uncertain after the summer arrivals of Willian and Andre Schurrle plus the return of Kevin de Bruyne and that has led to speculation that the Spanish international could leave in a crucial World Cup year.
Mata did not feature during Chelsea’s 0-0 draw against Manchester United in the Premier League last week and was also an unused substitute during their Super Cup penalty shootout defeat to Bayern Munich on Friday.
Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are thought to be interested in Chelsea’s Player of the Year but Mourinho would rightly be unwilling to sell to an English club after failing to land Wayne Rooney this summer.