Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is chasing Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata. The People says Wenger was in pole position to sign Mata from Valencia in 2011 until Chelsea nabbed him with a £23.5m package.

Mata, 25, has become a key player at the Bridge over the past two seasons. Boss Jose Mourinho has insisted publicly that Mata is a player he does not want to lose but he does not see him as a regular starter and that is unlikely to satisfy one of Europe's most creative players.

Manchester United have been linked with a move, while Tottenham are also understood to be watching Mata's situation.

But Arsenal believe they could provide the best option if he wishes to stay in London.

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