Arsenal are confident they have a deal for Valencia midfielder Juan Mata.

The Daily Mail says Arsenal are closing in on the £17.5million signing of Mata from Valencia, a transfer which should clear the way for Cesc Fabregas to complete his move to Barcelona.

Mata's release clause has been matched by Arsenal.

The north London club do not expect any problems to arise with the midfielder, who is keen to join them, and Arsene Wenger's next priority will be to strengthen in central defence.

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