Arsenal have registered interest in Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata. The Mail Online believes Arsene Wenger is a fan of the player and the Gunners are willing to launch an ambitious bid for the Spain international.
The 25-year-old former Valencia and Real Madrid player was reportedly part of a swap deal, with team-mate David Luiz, to bring Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to Stamford Bridge. However, the Europa League champions later confirmed an offer for Rooney but denied that either Mata or Luiz was a part of the offer.
A statement from the club said: "Chelsea football club can confirm that yesterday it made a written offer to Manchester United for the transfer of Wayne Rooney. Although the terms of the offer are confidential, for avoidance of doubt and contrary to what is apparently being briefed to the Press in Sydney, the proposed purchase does not include the transfer or loan of any players from Chelsea to Manchester United."
The Blues' new boss, Jose Mourinho, confirmed the club's stance regarding the two stars, insisting that neither was for sale.
"I spoke with them during the summer but when they finished the Confederations Cup I wished them luck and told them I will see them on 28 July. I have told them they are very important for me. How can I change that two days later? So, no contact with them," the former Madrid manager explained.
Arsenal's interest in Mata is long-standing, with Wenger tracking the player before his transfer from Valencia in 2011. At the time, the Gunners were unwilling to match the Mestalla club's valuation. The Metro reported a deal for about £18m had been arranged but following non-payment of fee before a set deadline, the release clause shot up to £28m.
Meanwhile, the Gunners' pursuit of unsettled Liverpool striker Luis Suarez continues, with the Anfield club demanding over £55m for the Uruguayan international. The north London side have already made two offers, according to the Guardian, with the most recent at £35m and Goal.com believes an offer of £40m is imminent.