There was a lot of debate between the Liverpool fans this summer when we were searching for a new winger. Liverpool opted sign Stewart Downing from Aston Villa whilst some fans were begging for the club to sign Juan Mata from Valencia.
Why Liverpool did not pursue matter, we may never know. But all hope is not lost yet as Valencia manager has declared that they may still sell Mata this summer if they get a good enough offer. Now maybe Liverpool opted for Downing instead of Mata because Valencia did not want to sell their player or they wanted a ridiculous amount of money for him.
Valencia manager Unai Emery has confirmed that Mata is available for the right price. He told Cadena Copa:
“Valencia has to be prepared for a footballer having to leave, either because is he is not wanted or because some big club wants to sign him. We want him to stay and Mata has also expressed his wish to remain at Valencia, but we know that if a big-money offer comes in from any club and it’s good for both the player and the club, it could lead to his exit.”
I am sure many clubs across Europe will be happy to hear this and may start to put in bids for Mata. Liverpool have said that they will only buy new players once they sell some first but I am sure if Mata wants to join Liverpool they could make an exception and sign him regardless as he is a quality player.
But do Liverpool still need to sign Mata now that we have Downing and the other players already in the squad? In the perfect world it would be great to have Mata in the squad but where would he play in our starting lineup?