Fierce North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur look set to clash over the signature of Valencia forward Juan Mata.
Arsenal looked like tying up a deal for the 23-year-old in the coming days after Arsene Wenger’s admission that he is a fan of the player.
However, Spurs have now entered the race and the Guardian are reporting they have tabled a bid of around £22million with the Spanish side.
Mata’s contract allows him to leave if a bid over at east €21million is made before August 1.
With their spiraling debts, it looks as though the Spain international will join David Silva and David Villa as the latest big-name player to exit.
However, whether he’s what Spurs need at the moment is another matter.
Despite his obvious ability, he bagged just eight goals in La Liga last term and, with Spurs severely lacking a goal threat following Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe’ s loss of form, their money might be better spent elsewhere.
He would suit Arsenal’s rather more fluid style of play however, and would be a valuable addition to their team.
With Cesc Fabregas’s future still not sorted, getting some extra attacking flair is almost as vital for the Gunners as bringing in an experienced centre-half.
If Wenger does do good business in the coming days then backing Arsenal to finish in the top four at 4/7 would definitely be a good long-term investment.