World Cup Mata-s for Juan

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Juan Mata clapPA PhotosJuan Mata is being eyed by Juventus and Atletico Madrid.

Juan Mata could be heading back to the continent in the January transfer window with the Mirror reporting that Atletico Madrid and Juventus are considering taking the Chelsea attacker out on loan. Mata has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge with the 25-year-old only making seven appearances in the Premier League this season. The lack of match action is causing real concern with the Spain international fearing that his continued exodus on the bench could cause him to miss a spot at the World Cup. But rescue may be close at hand with Atletico Madrid and Juventus leading the queue to resurrect Mata’s fortunes.

The rumours of Patrice Evra quitting Manchester United for a move back to France continue to persist with The Sun claiming Ligue 1’s biggest clubs -- Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain -- are chasing the 32-year-old. Evra’s position at Old Trafford has come into question of recent times with United manager David Moyes said to be interested in bringing Leighton Baines to the Red Devils. And that has alerted clubs back in the France international’s homeland with Evra’s former club Monaco particularly keen to bring the dfender back across the Channel. The principality club are willing to bump up Evra’s salary from 80,000 pounds-per-week to a whopping 150,000 pounds-per-week.

Finally, Steven Caulker could become Cardiff City’s record signing -- but only if the Welsh club avoids the drop. Caulker joined Cardiff from Tottenham in an 8.5 million pound move last summer and has been an instant hit, making 11 appearances and scoring two goals in the Premier League. But according to The Telegraph, the 21-year-old could break the record books at the club with a clause in the transfer contract stating Cardiff will have to outlay a further 2 million pounds to their north London rivals if they should avoid relegation to the Championship.


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