Chelsea star Juan Mata is reportedly a transfer target for Barcelona – but Jose Mourinho may block any move because of his ongoing feud with the Catalan club.
Mourinho and Barca enjoyed a less than friendly rivalry during his time as Real Madrid manager and even during his first stint at Stamford Bridge.
Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo reports that Mata could be drafted in to replace Alexis Sanchez or Cesc Fabregas, neither of whom has set the world alight since moving to Camp Nou.
But the 25-year-old former Real Madrid man could find the move blocked by Mourinho. The reports claim he would offer Mata to his old bosses at the Bernabeu before selling to Barcelona.
Mata was linked with moves to Manchester United and Arsenal during the summer transfer window.
Although he maintains that he is happy with the Blues, he does not look likely to be a regular starter under Mourinho.
That could convince him to pursue a transfer in January to ensure he earns a place in Spain’s World Cup squad.