Manchester United would be willing to sell Juan Mata at a cut-price rate in the future, with two more reputable European clubs having joined Juventus in the race for his signature.
Spanish international Mata only moved to Old Trafford from Chelsea for a £37.1 million fee during this year's January transfer window yet according to the latest speculation from The Daily Mail, the Red Devils would be willing to move him on for just £20 million.
And with Serie A champions Juve having already been credited with an interest in Mata's signature, the same source further suggests that Italian rivals Roma and La Liga holders Atletico Madrid are also now in the market for the 26-year-old.
Given that he has only spent eight months at Manchester United and can boast a decent goalscoring record from his role in midfield during that time, it would be a real surprise to see Louis van Gaal sanction the sale of such a well-liked character so early into his managerial reign.
But with the club seemingly looking to recruit even even more star talent in January, something has simply got to give.
While the arrivals of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao - the latter secured on an initial loan deal on a frantic transfer deadline day - have provided a timely boost for supporters after another difficult start to the new Premier League campaign, it does rather present somewhat of an attacking conundrum for Van Gaal.
Mata - surplus to requirements?
With the prolific Falcao expected to lead the line from now on, one of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney or indeed Mata will surely have to make way, or at the very least have to occupy a position that is not generally their first-choice.
Rooney's valuable importance to the side as leader and captain surely means a starting place in his preferred spot is guaranteed moving forward, while Van Gaal is known to enjoy a close working relationship with Van Persie dating back to the former's time in charge of the Dutch national setup.
This could potentially leave Mata as the odd one out, a state of affairs he will surely not be content to accept given that he initially left Chelsea over a lack of regular starts in that traditional 'no.10' role under Jose Mourinho.
Whether the trio of Juventus, Atletico or Roma will produce the funds necessary to obtain the former Valencia playmaker remains to be seen.
If Mata truly is to be made available for such a relatively low price, it would not be a shock to see several more suitors emerge in the coming months.
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