Juan Mata's father claims Arsenal have had bid rejected by Valencia but expects improved Gunners offer

The player's agent has suggested that Arsene Wenger's side have been knocked back with an initial proposal and hints the Spaniard would be interested in moving to Inter

The father and agent of Valencia’s Juan Mata has revealed that Arsenal have had a bid for the winger rebuffed by the Spanish outfit.

The 23-year-old was part of Spain's World Cup-winning squad in 2010 and was one of the stand-out players at this summer’s Under-21 European Championship. 

The likes of Inter, Tottenham and the Gunners have been linked with a move for the midfielder this summer, and Juan Manuel Mata Rodriguez, the player's father, has now claimed that Arsene Wenger's side have had an initial offer rejected.

He told calciomercato.com: "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."

Goal.com exclusively revealed on Saturday that Mata would not be interested in a move to Arsenal's north London rivals Tottenham, although the player's father has admitted that Inter could be an option.

He added: "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."