Transfer rumours around Manchester City are generally more miss than hit, they tend to be a case of taking a players name out of a bag and a figure out of another bag and putting the two together, today however there is a story that may have a little bit of credibility too it.
It is believed that David Silva, who had rumours of his homesickness quashed yesterday by various journalists on twitter, has recommended his former team mate and international colleague Juan Mata as a player who can help the Eastlands club challenge for honours next season.
There is a £45million buyout clause in the players contract but with Valencia struggling financially the City hierarchy supposedly believe that it would take less than that to convince the club to sell. There is however interest from other English clubs, with Carlo Ancelotti keen to take the Spaniard to Chelsea and Harry Redknapp looking at recruiting the player for Tottenham.
Mata started his career with Real Madrid at 15 where he would work his way through the youth sides until he became a regular with their reserve team with whom he made his debut in 2006. At the end of that season he signed a contract with Valencia and began the 2007/2008 season in their first team squad. Capitalising on injuries and disagreements with other key players, Mata created a name for himself right away, and made 33 appearances in his first season, scoring 9 goals. The player has gone on to be a highly sought after member of both the Valencia side and with the national team.
The 22 year old is best used on the left wing, but he can also play on the right or centrally behind a striker. He has been praised for his intelligence and reading of the game something that is especially useful when setting up attacks, he is also pretty pacey and has excellent goalscoring ability. He has been compared with David Silva numerous times in terms of their style of play and their similar stature.
The difficult financial situation at Valencia have clubs on red alert with Chelsea, Tottenham and City all ready to prepare deals for the winger. It is thought that bids will initially be around £30million, should that escalate it is conceivable that Spurs may not be able to compete financially with Mancini’s and Ancelotti’s sides as far as salaries were concerned, but Daniel Levy is determined to push Spurs onwards and upwards.
City are the name most commonly associated with the transfer rumours for the players signature, and the fact that his friend Silva is there is clearly a major positive, it is also highly probable that the wages being offered by City would be greater than Spurs and potentially Chelsea. Ultimately however I think it may come down to who finishes in 4th place, with the 3 clubs fighting for the creative talent he may go on to choose whoever can offer him Champions League football should Valencia agree to sell.
If he were to adapt to the English game, he would be a fantastic asset, at City his link up play with Silva and Tevez could be devastating. With Tottenham he would offer something exciting from the left hand side should Redknapp ultimately move Gareth Bale to left back as he has talked of, and with Chelsea looking to reorganise their attacking unit he could also form a lethal partnership with fellow Spaniard Torres.
I think this story has the potential to run and run and it may be one to keep an eye on, he is a great talent and I would not be surprised to see him move this Summer and if it were to England it would be another fine addition to the Premier League whoever he may chose to sign for.
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