Date: 24th June 2011 at 3:58pm
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One wishes that transfer deals could be done quickly but alas they can not. Another thing I am hating right now is the European Under 21 tournament taking place in Denmark. There are a lot of hot young transfer prospects there but no transfers can be done until they have finished playing in this tournament. And it is because of this that Liverpool now find themselves having to compete against Manchester City to sign Juan Mata from Valencia according to the Mirror.

Mata is currently representing Spain in the tournament and he will only decide on his future after it. Liverpool having been monitoriung Mata for a while now and we seemed pretty set to sign him if we agreed a fee with Valenica. But now that Manchester City also want to sign him after missing out on Alexis Sanchez, we face a battle to get him.

It was thought that if Liverpool bid £20million for Mata we would get him, but now that may not be enough as Manchester City can easily offer Valencia a higher price than that if they really want him. How I wish we had tied up this Mata deal as a ‘mata’ of urgency as soon as the season was over!

One thing though that will come out of this if we are to compete against City in signing Mata is that if we get him ahead of them, it will go to show that we are still a major attraction in Europe that players will rather play for us than other money rich sides.