Date: 2nd August 2011 at 9:16am
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Juan Mata`s agent (his dad) has revealed that Valencia have knocked back an offer from the mighty Gunners for the 23 year old Spaniard.

Arsenal have been rumoured to be interested in the playmaker all summer as the Cesc to Barcelona rumours grow in strength. Indeed Wenger`s comments this weekend suggest we`re all but ready to sell.

On the back of that we`ve now learned Arsenal have lodged a bid for Mata, as presumably Wenger tries to fill the gaping hole that Fabregas will leave.

‘Valencia simply rejected their offer, after some hesitation they answered ‘no’ to the Gunners’ offer. So my son remains a Valencia player, for now. But I don’t think it’s their last offer.” Said Mata Sr

‘There are several offers for Mata and I think that Arsenal will come forward again. The situation is still evolving.”

‘Are Inter Milan one of the interested teams? I know my son holds Milan in high esteem. We’ll see if Inter will come forward directly.’