Manchester United are willing to take a £17m loss on the sale of playmaker Juan Mata in the January transfer window following registered interest from Atletico Madrid.
According to the Daily Express, Atleti boss Diego Simeone is keen to sign the Spaniard following reports that Louis van Gaal is ready to cut his losses and move on just 12 months after Mata signed in a then-club record £37m deal from Chelsea.
Valencia, Mata’s former club, are also interested but it’s unlikely that they would be able to afford United’s £20m asking price for the attacking midfielder.
Mata at United
Since his move from Chelsea in January 2014, Mata has been inconsistent although he has not enjoyed a regular run in the team. Former-United star Gary Neville revealed earlier this year that he wasn’t convinced Mata was the right signing - a talented player, Mata needs time on the ball and doesn’t fit into United’s traditional lightning counter attack style of football.
Mata was the match winner against Crystal Palace in United’s last Premier League game, but when the whole squad is fully fit, the Spain international will find it difficult to break into the team.
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Wayne Rooney, Angel Di Maria and Adnan Januzaj have all been favoured this season, while Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie are the first choice forwards.
As well as Valencia and Atletico Madrid, who look the most likely destination for Mata, Serie A champions Juventus are also monitoring developments at Old Trafford.