Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata could be about to make way as Jose Mourinho looks to bridge the huge gap to Manchester City according to reports today.
The Spaniard moved to Old Trafford back in January 2014, in what was then a club record £37.5 million move from Chelsea, as United looked to support the already struggling David Moyes.
Despite always playing his best football in central areas, Mata has often been sacrificed to play out on the right wing, and while he has done a decent job, he never has, and never will be, a right winger.
Now, with Manchester United being linked once again with a move for Willian, The Sun claims that Juan Mata could be the man to make way.
Mata has just one year remaining on his current deal at the United, although that can be extended by a further year by the club thanks to a clause in his deal, meaning he still has a reasonable transfer value to the Red Devils.
Speaking back in November, Mata admitted that he was happy in Manchester and would be open to signing a new deal.
“I’m happy here. The club is massive, the support we have is massive,” said the Spaniard.
“I’ve been settled down in the city since year one. Now it’s my fourth year in Manchester.
“You never know what can happen in football and in life. But my feeling now is that I’m happy here and I wouldn’t have any problem continuing here for more time.”
While the report doesn’t suggest any potential destinations for the 29-year-old, he has been linked with a return to Spain. However, with United interested in signing Willian, I’ve been left wondering if Mata be offered as bait to his former club, Chelsea.
Mata is still appreciated at Stamford Bridge where he won the player of the year award in two consecutive seasons before being forced out by Jose Mourinho.
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