Barcelona target Mata as midfield replacement

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Barcelona are being linked with a move for Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata as replacement for Thiago Alcantara.

The Daily Star cite sources in Spain when claiming that the La Liga champions are ready to pounce for the 25-year-old, and bring him back to his homeland just two years after leaving for England.

Mundo Deportivo goes on to claim that Mata is not in the plans of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, and is therefore surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge next season.

Despite the constantly changing managerial situation in west London, Mata has tasted plenty of success during his time with the Blues.

Indeed, the former Valencia star won both the FA Cup and Champions League during his first season with Chelsea, and followed that up with the Europa League last season.

The Star claims Barcelona would have to pay £30million to bring the player to the Nou Camp, which is more than they can expect to receive for Alcantara.

The Spanish youth international has an €18million minimum fee release clause in his contract, with both Bayern Munich and Manchester United pursuing the 22-year-old.

David Moyes is reported to be the favourite to land the player as David Moyes looks to make his mark on the Red Devils side, and his arrival at Old Trafford would be a major statement following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

However, Manchester United’s potential gain could end-up being Chelsea’s eventual loss.

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