From Spain: Mata wants to leave Manchester United soon as possible

Italian newspaper Tuttosport have a lot to answer for. At the end of last week they did a feature linking Juventus with possible transfer moves during the January window. The players mentioned were Juan Mata, Antonio Valencia, Matija Nastasic, Adrien Rabiot, Ignazio Abate, Alberto Aquilani, Glen Johnson, Ilkay Gundogan, Theo Walcott, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Javier Pastore and Christian Benteke. 

It was clearly speculation but that didn't stop it becoming a huge story. Tuttosport had singled Mata out because he was, they thought, the biggest name among the crop and would create the biggest stir. That was then picked up by the media all over Europe and ended up in British newspapers, despite the whole thing being speculation and despite the fact that Juventus simply couldn't afford Mata.

They wanted Alexis Sanches far more than they'll ever desire Mata, given the Chilean's previous success in Italy, but when the Premier League's big boys came in there was little way they could compete. If the price for Mata rises over £20m, as would be almost certain, then Juventus are out of the game. 

The worry for Manchester United fans who don't want to lose the 26 year old would be Spain. On two fronts. The former Chelsea player is slipping out of the national team picture and could be panicked if he finds himself on the Old Trafford bench. A return to Spain would be most likely. Catalan newspaper Sport say on Tuesday that the player is unhappy and wants to leave Manchester United in January.

Atletico Madrid and Valencia are named as the most likely options. The Spanish champions have a little more money to spend than usual and Valencia are newly rich-ish thanks to the backing of new owner Peter Lim.

However, this all sounds like further speculation. There's nothing in depth and no solid reasoning. Mata seems perfectly at Old Trafford and with his life in England. He's been scoring well in the Premier League and there's every possibility Mata could be a beneficiary of the arrival of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao, rather than the fall-guy. 

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Romano, think you'll find we were sceptical very often about Vidal reports from Italy, pointing out that the newspapers there were changing stance almost daily and therefore often contradicting themselves. Much like the British press.

On Cuadrado, the same thing. There were all kinds of reports on price from the Italian, German and British media and they too contradicted each other.

Perhaps, Romano, it is you who should get a grip. Perhaps you fail to understand the nuance of the English in that Tuttosport 'have a lot to answer for', doesn't mean we're about to put them up in court but is more lighthearted.  It's explained that Tuttosport painted it as speculation and so therefore it's not their fault when the British media go way over the top on it. Think you've got confused there.

You're entirely correct about the British media simply taking stories from Italian newspapers. It's something we cover and even sometimes mock quite often. Oh, and I'm part Italian too. Congratulations. 

The rest of your article just sounds like a little boy jumping up and down because he's misunderstood everything, is upset as he feels his team is being picked on. Oh, and for Juventus not being able to compete in the transfer market... the club routinely actually say that, so rage at them.

Was there anything else?

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