Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 19 Apr 2020 8:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Mata left Chelsea for Manchester United after just two-and-a-half seasons (Picture: Getty)Mata would win the Champions League and FA Cup in his first season at Chelsea, while Arsenal ended up waiting until deadline day to sign Mikel Arteta from Everton and just pipped north London rivals Spurs to third spot in the Premier League.The Gunners also missed out on Cazorla that summer, who instead joined big-spending Malaga, though a year later Wenger would eventually get his man in a bargain £10m deal.MORE: Why Arsenal signed Granit Xhaka ahead of N’Golo KanteMORE: Dimitar Berbatov fires warning to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over Arsenal exitFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Mata and Cazorla could have been teammates at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)According to The Athletic, Wenger quickly dispatched Arsenal’s former chief negotiator Dick Law to Spain where he met with Mata’s father and even agreed a contract.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Then we waited,’ says Law of the negotiations. ‘Juan definitely wanted to come to Arsenal, there was no question about that.’However, Wenger and Arsenal were concerned by the combined value of both Mata’s massive contract and the transfer fee – with Valencia eventually receiving £37million.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsThat would have more than doubled Arsenal’s then transfer record, which stood at the £18m that had been spent on Jose Antonio Reyes.While Arsenal delayed and dithered, Chelsea swooped in and offered better terms to land Mata, with the Spaniard – who now plays for Manchester United – winning the club’s Player of the Year award in his first two seasons at the club.Asked if Arsenal ever considered paying slightly over their own valuation to land a target ahead of a rival, Law told The Athletic: ‘I don’t think that calculation ever entered our equation. We didn’t have the money to say, “We’ll spend a bit more to block”.’ How Arsenal missed out on signing Juan Mata as Cesc Fabregas’ replacement When Fabregas left for Barcelona in 2011, the Gunners turned to another Spaniard (Picture: Getty)Arsenal were in pole position to sign Juan Mata back in 2011 as a replacement for Barcelona-bound Cesc Fabregas but dithered over the deal, allowing Chelsea to swoop in.Almost a decade ago, the Gunners were scouring the market for two new playmakers with both Fabregas and Samir Nasri looking to leave; the former returned to Camp Nou, while the latter joined Manchester City.Arsenal’s scouting department quickly identified two replacements for the duo, both from Spain: Villarreal’s Santi Cazorla and Valencia’s Mata. Advertisement
The Rangers and White Sox pulled off a late-night trade at the 2019 Winter Meetings in San Diego on Tuesday night, with Texas sending outfielder Nomar Mazara to Chicago in exchange for minor league outfielder Steele Walker.Both teams announced the trade shortly after 1 a.m. ET Wednesday (10 p.m. PT Tuesday). Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com were first to report the trade had been agreed upon. He will join a Chicago team that’s looking to make a big leap in 2020. The White Sox’s starting outfield at the moment is young foundation piece Eloy Jimenez in left field, defensive whiz Adam Engel in center and Mazara in right. The Sox earlier this offseason signed catcher Yasmani Grandal as a free agent and re-signed first baseman Jose Abreu.Walker, 23, played at Single-A Kannapolis and Winston-Salem last season, putting together an .811 OPS in 528 plate appearances. Chicago drafted him in the second round out of the University of Oklahoma in 2018.Texas’ main right field options right now appear to be Joey Gallo and Shin-Soo Choo, although Gallo has just 16 career games of experience at the position, all in 2018, and Choo, 37, is primarily a designated hitter at this stage of his career. WINTER MEETINGS TRACKER: Signings, trades, rumorsMazara, 24, gives the White Sox an everyday option in right field, although he has been below-average as a hitter in his four major league seasons (career 93 OPS+). He was limited to 116 games in 2019 because of injury and poor play. Still, he possesses power (20 home runs in each of his first three seasons and 19 last season) and rare MLB experience for his age.