Chelsea Transfer News: Chelsea Make £27m Bid for Valencia's Winger Juan Mata

Arun MCorrespondent IIIAugust 19, 2011

Chelsea have bid £27 million for the Spanish International Juan Mata, according to

This bid comes from manager Andre Villas-Boas as he made a decisive move to improve his squad before the transfer window closes.

The offer is expected to secure the 23-year-old from Valencia who is likely to accept the bid ahead of interest from Tottenham Hotspur.

Arsenal dropped their interest in Mata last week, having allowed a £22 million buyout clause in his contract to expire, and it now appears that was probably in response to Chelsea’s intervention and the knowledge they would trump any offer.

Villas-Boas is keen to add pace, creativity and width to the team and has agreed that Mata would be an important addition to his squad.

His arrival would leave a huge question mark over the futures of Florent Malouda and Yossi Benayoun, especially as Chelsea also have to create some room in their 25-man squad for new signings who are experienced foreign players such as Mata.

Andre Villas-Boas is also eyeing bids for Porto's Alvaro Pereira and Joao Moutinho, who would cost a combined £40 million.

And the Blues remain interested in Tottenham's Luka Modric, with the club preparing a third bid at £30 million for a player White Hart Lane chairman Daniel Levy insists will not be sold.

The moves represent an admission that Chelsea's squad will need major surgery if they are to compete for the title with Manchester United and Manchester City.