The lack of Champions League football at Manchester United this season was expected to take its toll when it came to convincing top players to arrive, giving the whole squad a chance to play and maximising profits.
However the competition could now stand to be the reason why the Red Devils lose a player, as it’s said Juventus will move strongly to purchase Juan Mata if they’re successful in qualifying from their group in Europe’s premier competition.
The Turin-based outfit have been dominant in Serie A for the past few seasons without making a real dent in the Champions League, though new boss Massimo Allegri is aiming to fix that this term.
With Mata’s position at United under threat following the arrivals of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria the Spaniard could possibly be available as of this January, though Juventus don’t have the cash to finance a move for him as it currently stands.
Yet qualification from a group which also contains Atletico Madrid, Malmo and Olympiacos would see them earn up to €15 million, whilst they’ll also receive as much as €9 million for simply participating.
With their coffers replenished it stands to reason that they’d launch an offensive for Mata - who is rated at around £30m - , with the playmaker’s excellent vision and passing ability perfectly suited to the Italian game.
From one big-money 2014 signing to another it’s been claimed today that Daley Blind wants to occupy a central midfield role at Old Trafford, despite the fact that he usually operates as a full-back for the Netherlands.
The player’s former coach, Frank de Boer, revealed that he believes Blind would prefer to play in the middle of the park, which could put Louis van Gaal at ease as he looks to find a defensive midfielder capable of breaking up play.
And finally there’s been interesting comments made by United midfielder Nani, who is of course currently on loan at Sporting Lisbon. The Portuguese winger told reporters that his poor form at Old Trafford was a result of the fact that he wasn’t happy there, and hit back against the notion that his Sporting move meant he was taking a step down.
A number of high-profile individuals have been critical of Nani's decision to make a career u-turn and move back to Portugal, but the player himself has insisted that he had other offers on the table and only returned to Sporting because he felt it was the right place for him to be.