Tuesday, 2nd August, 2011

Juan Mata’s agent and father has revealed that a possible transfer for his son to Arsenal is still "evolving" after appearing to break down, but admitted other clubs are in for the Spanish international, with these thought to include Manchester City and Inter.

Juan Manuel Mata Rodriguez admitted that while talks between his club Valencia and the Gunners were going well, they suddenly stalled, with Los Che backtracking and wanting to keep the winger.

But the player’s father does not believe this situation will be permanent and there could still be a further way for the transfer saga to run, with the possibility that even Inter could step in to challenge the English sides chasing his son.

Asked by Calcio Mercato what happened to the deal on the table between Valencia and Arsenal for Mata, the Spaniard’s father replied: "Simply, Valencia opposed the transfer.

"After some hesitation they answered ‘no’ to the offer from the Gunners. So my son is still a Valencia player, for now."

But questioned as to whether the refusal and Valencia’s unwillingness to play ball is permanent, the winger’s father is clear that it may not be.

"I think not. There are proposals for Mata, there are several. And I think that Arsenal went back to their office and the situation is still evolving."

And Inter could yet get involved in the chase for the winger, although Mata’s father confirmed that what happens next is up to Valencia’s president.

"Inter has never spoken directly to me, but I read the newspapers and I know through mutual contacts in Milan that my son is held in high esteem.

"We’ll see if Inter will step in directly. But I repeat, everything depends on the president of Valencia."

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