Manchester United are in risk of loosing midfielder Juan Mata, as he is free to talk to any club with the winter transfer window open now.
Mata is on the last year of his contract and as it expires at the end of the season, he can now talk to any clubs for a possible transfer next summer for free.
According to The Times, the former Chelsea man is open to talk to any possible suitors of him as Manchester United have so far failed to table a proposed one year extension of his contract. The same outlet though reported that at the end of the day United may come up with a solution and may tie down the fan favorite at the Old Trafford for next season at least.
Mata was not a regular at the start of the season, but in the recent weeks he has rallied his way to cement a place in the starting eleven of Jose Mourinho’s side. He has started nine times in the last 11 games in all competitions, and has contributed to three goals and three assists. Even United’s boss also wants to extend the Spaniard’s deal but at the moment it is taking longer than it was expected.
There were questions that Mata will have to leave United when Mourinho took charge at United last season, but so far he has done well under the Portuguese manager, who effectively sold him at Manchester from Chelsea in 2013. Since joining for a whopping £37.1 million under David Moyes, the attacking midfielder has since gone on to win EFL Cup, FA Cup and Europa League, each once.
Mata and Mourinho are in good terms at Old Trafford
It is reported that Valencia and Inter Milan are interested to get the Spanish international and he may well be joining his old club Valencia for free if United can’t come to terms with him regarding a new contract.
United are believed to implement one year contract extensions this month already on the likes of Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Ashley Young and Daley Blind, to avoid losing them for free.