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In a summer transfer window so convoluted it has more twists than a Hitchcock movie, it appears that the siigning of Willian by Chelsea has immediately put Arsenal on full alert as to the availability of midfielder Juan Mata who, it appears, has fallen down the pecking order.
It has long been suspected that Mourinho is not a fan of Juan Mata and that has emanated from Spain during his time at Real Madrid, so it comes as no surprise that he has looked for yet another attacking midfielder in the shape of Willian from Shaktar Donetsk.
Chelsea have signed the midfielder from right under the noses of Tottenham, for whom he had completed a medical, thanks to an intervention from owner Roman Abramovich, calling his oligarch mate over in Russia. Quite what will be the ramifications of that for Tottenham`s relationship with Chelsea remains to be seen, but moreover, it appears to signal a fall down the pecking order for `player of the season` Juan Mata.
Willian is yet another attacking midfielder and it mystifies me as to why Mourinho would want to buy another one when he has so many players in the same position already, with Hazard and Oscar to name but a few. It has also emerged that Willian was promised a first team berth alongside Hazard and Oscar which means that Mata becomes a bit-part player.
It is unlikely that the Spain International will sit on the bench, so it has prompted Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to dust off the chequebook and make a bid for the player. Despite all the choreographed protestations of support from narcissistic manager Mourinho for Mata, it is as usual all for the cameras. The manager with an ego so big it has its own moons does not want to alienate the media and fans like he managed to do in Spain, so we have this exaggerated fauxsupport for Mata.
Whilst Mourinho continues with his pointless pursuit of Wayne Rooney from Manchester United, he appears to be missing the trick, in that it is a striker he needs more than anything, with Fernando Torres seemingly petering out of the game and Demba Ba a serial mercenary with a goal in every port already looking for a way out.
Mourinho should know that without an A-list striker he has no chance of winning the Premiership or the Champions League, so buying Willian looks more like a piece of spite rather than a useful addition to the squad.
I expect Arsenal to make a bid for Mata within the next 48 hours once the Willian transfer has been completed.