Valencia are weighing up a £30 million bid for Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata, but only if Peter Lim competes his proposed takeover of the club, reports Goal.
Louis van Gaal is struggling to fit Mata into his line up after buying Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao in the summer. Earning £140,000-a-week, Mata is an expensive luxury for Manchester United and, as a result, he has been earmarked for a transfer.
United set to price
According to the same source, Manchester United have placed a £30 million price tag on the 26-year-old's head. Valencia are believed to be ready to pay the full amount but only if Singapore-based billionaire Lim can take control of the club.
Lim played a part in bringing Alvaro Negredo to the club on loan and also helped with the permanent acquisitions of Rodrigo and Andre Gomes. However, he is still not the official owner of the club.
He is ready to turn his attentions to bringing Mata back to Valencia, but is waiting to complete the acquisition before pursuing the big transfer.
Although £30 million would be a significant amount to receive, it would still represent a loss of £7.1 million on what they paid Chelsea for Mata in January. Then, he was Manchester United's record signing; now he is a squad player.
It is, as of yet, unclear as to whether Mata would consider the chance to return to his former club. He is settled in England and Valencia do not have Champions League football on offer.
However, his future is unclear at Old Trafford. He appears out of favour despite his good form and it is unlikely he would accept his current role long-term.