Valencia faces up to possible Mata sale

10:11, July 29, 2011      

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Valencia football club seems to be facing up to the prospect of having to sell star striker Juan Mata before the end of the summer transfer window.

Mata is on the agenda of several European clubs, including Premier League outfit Arsenal.

The Spain international said earlier this week that he was happy to continue playing his football for the side that finished third in the Spanish Primera Liga last season.

However, Valencia's huge debts over around 500 million euros could force the club to listen to offers of around 23 million euros for their key player.

"We have someone lined up if Mata or anyone from the squad has to leave," confessed Braulio Vazquez, the Co-ordinator of Valencia's technical secretaries.

"I hope that he doesn't leave, but we have to be prepared for any eventuality," said Vazquez, who confirmed that Mata was not actively seeking a transfer.

"I spoke to him and he has repeated what he said previously. It was a private conversation but I can guarantee that he doesn't want to leave and there are no offers for him."

Should Mata leave, Valencia's squad could look slightly threadbare for next season: the club sold winger Joaquin Sanchez to Malaga, while David Navarro and Cesar Sanchez were given free transfer and Malaga paid the buy-out clause on promising youngster Isco.

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