The Mirror is reporting that Juan Mata is on the verge of joining Arsenal for £15million. Apparently Mata’s representatives are in London trying to finalise a deal for the 23-year-old Valencia player.
Liverpool have been linked with a move for Mata for most of the summer as we needed a wide player to join our squad and Mata was identified as a potential candidate. Liverpool have already purchased Stewart Downing from Aston Villa to add some much needed width to the side. Many fans would have preferred Liverpool to sign Mata ahead of Downing especially now if Arsenal are going to be getting Mata for £15million as opposed to the apparent £19million Liverpool paid for Downing.
We can not reverse transfers now as we already have Downing but I can not see what is stopping Liverpool from also bidding £15million for Mata if that is how much he is going for. There would be no harm at all in Liverpool having both Downing and Mata in the squad. In my opinion, if Downing gets injured this season, Liverpool are back to square one as we will not have width. Liverpool still need to sign another wide player which Mata is capable of doing and he is also an option to put just behind the striker.