Monday 13 January
Chelsea would prefer not to sell to a Premier League rival, for obvious reasons, heightening the interest of several clubs around Europe. Per the Mirror's Dave Kidd, that list includes Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid.
While the Spaniards would only be looking to secure a loan for the player, Kidd suggests that Guardiola's Bayern would be willing to sanction a £20 million plus bid for the player.
The report states:
Mourinho insists Mata will not be allowed to join a Premier League rival but may now end up selling the player to Guardiola, with whom he endured a stormy relationship during their time in charge of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Guardiola wants Bayern to table a summer bid of around £20 million to capture the man who was Chelsea’s player of the season for the past two campaigns.
The German giants will not go for Mata this month, though, as he is cup-tied for the Champions League and Guardiola wants to wait until the summer to make changes to his squad.
In his first season at the Bavarian club, Guardiola has spent heavily to improve a squad that were already Champions of Europe, with Mario Gotze and Thiago arriving to add creative quality in midfield.
Mata would be a further step in that direction and would cast doubt upon the Bayern future of Dutchman Arjen Robben, should he join Pole Robert Lewandowski in arriving at the Allianz Arena this summer.
Guardiola was never shy with his chequebook whilst at Barcelona and the diminutive Mata, with his wondrous technique, is just the kind of player he enjoys working with.