Whenever any transfer speculation or gossip to do with Spanish players comes out, I tend to pay more attention to what Guillem Balague says as his information is fairly accurate most times and it is coming from a reliable source. Liverpool have been linked with Juan Mata for many years now, ever since the days of Rafa Benitez. The Spanish winger is almost set to be sold this summer by Valencia as the club is in a serious financial situation and they need to sell players to survive.
It is thought that a bid of between £20 – £25 million will be enough to prize the winger away from Valencia. Even though Mata has a £50 million buy out clause it is thought that Valencia will be willing to listen to offers less than that.
Manchester United and Manchester City are both also thought to be interested in Mata and we know if it comes down to a bidding war, Liverpool will have no chance against Manchester City. The lure of Champions League football may also sway Mata to join either of the two Manchester sides. In the past we could have relied on the strong Spanish influence at Liverpool to get Mata join us but now with only Pepe Reina left, that is a difficult draw card to use.
So if Mata is indeed up for sale, I believe that Liverpool should put in a bid for him as we desperately need a winger of his quality if we are unable to get the likes of Ashley Young and Aaron Lennon.