Manchester United talisman Juan Mata has emerged as a potential target for Arsenal head coach Unai Emery according to DailyStar.
Emery is a big fan of Mata, having managed him during his tenure at Valencia, for three years from 2008 to 2011, when Mata left Valencia to join Chelsea. The Man United forward has denied a proposed contract extension offer from the club and is already in the final year of his contract. The clubs best efforts to make Mata sign a new deal have been futile and therefore the Spaniard could prove to be a huge bargain for the Gunners.
Mata left Valencia to join Chelsea for a hefty sum of £37.1million and his former coach is now keen to reunite with the player and is following his situation at Old Trafford closely. Now whether the Spanish coach signs him in the summer or not will depend on the situation and requirements of his team.
This might even have an effect on the future of Aaron Ramsey at the club as the midfielder is poised to become a free agent by next summer. However, ironically Ramsey is wanted by Manchester United and we could see a repeat of the Alexis-Mkhitaryan swap deal in last year’s winter transfer window with both clubs fulfilling their requirements. In the end, it all depends on Emery, whether he wants to add some experience to his Arsenal squad will be a key factor in the deal, with none of the players in a hurry for a switch.
Ramsey has plenty of options as clubs like Chelsea, Juventus, AC Milan and Valencia in the hunt for the signature of the Welshman. On the other hand, Mata is keen on staying at Old Trafford, especially after Jose Mourinho praised him by saying,
“Juan Mata is one of our team players. He is always available for the team, he thinks about the team. He is not selfish or an egocentric personality… Mata is what I like to call a proper professional.”