When Jose Mourinho was announced as the new Manchester United manager, there would have been one player in particular who would not have been quite as elated as some of the others within the club.
Juan Mata was ruthlessly cast aside during Mourinho's time as Chelsea boss, as the Portuguese sanctioned the Spanish international's transfer to Premier League rivals Man United.
Mourinho cited Mata's lack of defensive responsibility as a reason as to why he was deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, and now with the Special One's appointment at Old Trafford, Mata's place in the United squad seems to be in doubt.
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The Sun claim that United want to sell Mata and report that Everton are leading the race for his signature with a bid of £20 million being readied.
The Toffees are a solid Premier League side, but desperately lack a creative spark in the middle of the park who can make something happen from nothing.
Although Ross Barkley has undeniable ability, he is still only 22-years-old, and Everton must ensure they recruit an experienced head to relieve the pressure on their young star.
The 28-year-old former Valencia star is in the absolute prime of his career, and if the Blues are able to sign him for the £20 million mooted, it would represent an absolute steal.
Mata has impeccable technique and unparalleled ability to execute the most difficult of passes with the help of his expert vision. He would be perfect in the number 10 role just behind the main striker, and he would bring a touch of guile to the Everton midfield that they so desperately crave.
If Everton moved for a player of Mata's calibre, it would act as a signal of intent and ambition for the years ahead, and would prove to the likes of want-away striker Romelu Lukaku their intent to compete amongst the league's best.
Sometimes the signing of one pivotal player can have the ability to totally transcend the way a club is perceived, and enhance their reputation both domestically and continentally.
In doing so they can then attract more players of the same calibre and, in turn, progressively make their way up the ladder and join Europe's elite. Eric Cantona's move to Manchester United was a perfect example of this.
Juan Mata is one of Europe's best attacking midfielders, and if a move to the Blues came to fruition, he could become Everton's version of Cantona, and signal the start of a brighter future for the club.
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