Juan Manuel Mata Rodriguez, father of Valencia’s Spanish midfielder Juan Mata, has revealed that English football giant Arsenal had an offer for his son which was initially rejected, but believes that the Gunners will still be in the hunt.
Rodriguez, the player’s father and agent, also said that Italian club Inter Milan has shown interest in his son and seems the most suitable destination at the moment as a move from the Mestalla is on the cards.
Juan Mata, 23, has previously been linked with a move to London with both Arsenal and Tottenham showing interest for the Spaniard.
"Valencia simply rejected their offer. After some hesitation they answered 'no' to the Gunners' offer," Rodriguez told Italian football news agency calciomercato. "So my son remains a Valencia player, for now. But I don't think it's their last offer.”
Rodriguez added that there are several offers for Mata at the moment and thinks that the Gunners will make a move again as the situation is still evolving.
''Mata is a player that we like. So do Arsenal and so do other clubs. I went to watch him when England Under-21 played Spain and I thought he looked fantastic.” Spurs boss Harry Redknapp said previously, according to an ESPN report.
Juan Manuel Mata Garcia, started playing for Valencia in 2007. In the 2008 Spanish Supercup, Mata scored against his former club Real Madrid in a 3–2 first leg victory. Mata has made 129 appearances for Valencia and has managed to find the back of the net 33 times.