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Arsenal bid for Mata rejected

August 2, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

The father of sought-after Valencia midfielder Juan Mata has revealed that Arsenal have had an initial offer for the Spain international rejected, but believes the Gunners will continue their pursuit of his son.

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Juan Manuel Mata Rodriguez, the player's father and agent, also suggested Inter Milan would be a suitable destination for 23-year-old Mata to ply his trade as a move away from the Mestalla looks increasingly likely.

"Valencia simply rejected their offer. After some hesitation they answered 'no' to the Gunners' offer," Rodriguez told calciomercato. "So my son remains a Valencia player, for now. But I don't think it's their last offer.

Mata has been widely linked with a move to the Premier League this summer with north London rivals Spurs and Arsenal reportedly leading the chase.

The winger's father added: "There are several offers for Mata and I think that Arsenal will come forward again. The situation is still evolving.

"Are Inter Milan one of the interested teams? I know my son holds Milan in high esteem. We'll see if Inter will come forward directly."