Serie A champions Juventus are interested in signing Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata, and they are preparing to make a formal offer for the Spaniard once the transfer window re-opens in January, according to the Daily Star.
The Italian side believe they have a strong chance of signing the 26-year-old, especially after the signings made by Louis van Gaal in the Summer.
The transfer business
The Dutchman signed Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao as attacking options, and it's believed that Mata may be sacrificed from the first-team in order to play both the new mega-money signings.
Di Maria arrived from Real Madrid in a £60 million deal, whilst United forked out £6 million in order to loan Falcao for the season from French side AS Monaco.
It's believed that Van Gaal is keen to use Di Maria and Falcao alongside Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, creating one of the deadliest attacking forces in world football.
However, this means Mata could lose his place in the first-team, and could eventually be forced out of the club due to a lack of game-time.
The Spaniard only arrived at Old Trafford in January, after David Moyes splashed out £37 million on signing him from Chelsea, but it looks like his days in Manchester could be coming to an end already.
Mata left Chelsea after he was told that he wouldn't be in Jose Mourinho's plans for the first-team, despite winning Player of the Season at the club the past two campaigns.
The lack of form
Since arriving at United Mata has struggled to re-find his Stamford Bridge form, but he ended last season well, scoring seven times for his new side.
According to reports, Juventus have already told their officials that they want to sign Mata, and they are seriously considering a player-swap deal which would include United target, Arturo Vidal.
The Red Devils were desperate to land Vidal throughout the summer but failed to meet Juve's valuation, but a player-swap in January could take place, with both parties reportedly keen on the deal.
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