La Liga outfit Sevilla are ready to test Manchester United’s resolve with regards to their ownership of Juan Mata, by launching a bid with a view to seeing him move to Spain.
According to the Daily Express the Spanish club have an interest in the playmaker which should culminate in a concrete offer come the January transfer window. The proposal could coincide with United’s supposed raid for AS Roma star Kevin Strootman, which will most certainly add spice to a broth already brimming with potency.
Mata wanted in Spain
Although things have improved of late Mata hasn’t been the hit at Old Trafford that many fans envisaged when he completed a controversial switch from Chelsea at the turn of this year.
The sacking of David Moyes and the tumultuous backlash from his reign can be blamed to an extent, but even so the 26-year-old hasn’t seen nearly as much game-time as he maybe would have liked.
Under Louis van Gaal he’s been forced to fight tooth and nail for his place in the starting XI, and at times the Dutchman has preferred the likes of Adnan Januzaj, leaving Mata on the bench.
Such fortunes are said to have been a source of frustration for the midfielder, whose contract sees him earn £140,000-a-week, but his recent appearances have drawn praise from many quarters, and the player himself recently revealed that he had no intentions of leaving.
Yet he may be forced to go if United deem that he would be surplus to requirements if and when Strootman is finally purchased, and if Sevilla can tickle their fancy with a lucrative offer there’s every chance a deal could be made.
Van Gaal isn’t short of attacking options and so wouldn’t necessarily be weakening his side by agreeing to sell Mata, though fans might question it the Red Devils consequently suffer a dip in form.
Currently United sit fourth in the Premier League, having managed to win their last four games in a row. Though Van Gaal’s squad has been hit with injuries since the start of the season he’s managed to hold things together with tactical nous and a huge helping hand from David De Gea, but he’ll be aware that if Champions League football is expected for next season, changes will have to be made.