Barcelona are still keeping tabs on Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata.
According to El Mundo Deportivo, the Nou Camp club is monitoring developments at Old Trafford with Juan Mata on the fringes of Louis van Gaal's starting lineup.
Despite being a regular under David Moyes, the arrival of Angel Di Maria and reemergence of Adnan Januzaj has pushed Mata into a supplementary role off the bench for United.
And Barcelona, who cannot sign anybody until 2016 at the earliest, are plotting a move that would allow them to bring Mata back to Spain.
They Spanish giants reportedly believe they can find a workaround for their transfer embargo, and have therefore not given up on targets for the upcoming transfer window. But even if they cannot sign him this summer, they are prepared to wait until the embargo is over.
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One potential stumbling block could be Manchester United's asking price. While Van Gaal would probably not want to lose Mata in an ideal world, the Dutchman may be willing to offload the Spaniard for the right price if it allows him to strengthen elsewhere in the summer.
United have a surplus of great attacking midfielders, but the squad is short in other areas - notably central midfield and central defence.
Barcelona were interested in Mata in the summer of 2013, when he was still a Chelsea player and Jose Mourinho was looking to sell. But Mourinho's relationship with Barcelona, coupled with Chelsea's asking price, put the Catalans off.
Manchester United eventually signed Mata for £37m in January 2014.
Could it work?
It's perfectly possible that Mata may become frustrated by a lack of action at Manchester United, after all, it's what ended his stay at Chelsea despite a couple of Player of the Year awards.
Barcelona would be an excellent fit considering their technical style of play, but their transfer ban is prohibitive and therefore makes this unlikely.
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