Juan Mata expected to ask for Manchester United transfer

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Juan Mata will attempt to leave Manchester United before the end of the transfer window, according to The Times.

Jose Mourinho had intimated to interested parties that the Spanish playmaker would not be allowed to leave Old Trafford but the new manager could have his hand forced.

Mata and Mourinho's relationship is far from strong with the pair still clearly suffering from their disjointed time together at Chelsea.

That much was made clear when the Special One brought Mata off in the final seconds of the Community Shield victory over Leicester City. Mata had come on as a second-half substitute but found his number being called again less than half an hour later.

Mourinho later explained that he wanted as much height on the pitch as possible as Leicester adopted a desperate long-ball strategy in search of a late equaliser.

The incident

Footage during the match appears to show the Portuguese explaining his reasoning to Mata, but the diminutive star looked incredulous.

The manager said: "Juan played well. He gave me exactly what I need. I have to take the smallest player off because the game will end in long balls."

Informal request

While Mata remains part of Mourinho's plans, it appears the man himself is not willing to rebuild the bridges that were damaged in west London. Having been named Chelsea's player of the season two seasons in a row between 2012 and 2013, Mourinho froze Mata out of the squad, later selling him to United in a £37m deal.

It was widely expected that Mourinho would take the same course of action at Old Trafford but he appears open to giving him a chance. Unsurprisingly, Mata does not trust his word. The Times believe Mata will try to force a move away from the club before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.


A number of clubs would be interested in taking Mata away from the Red Devils but few would be able to absorb his £140,000-a-week wages. Everton are one club who could with their new owner, Farhad Moshiri, fully prepared to flush the squad with cash.

The Toffees are currently concentrating on a deal for Crystal Palace star Yannick Bolasie but have plenty of time left to consider one for Mata. However, having seen John Stones leave for Manchester City, Ronald Koeman's priorities could lie elsewhere.

Januzaj joins him

The same report claims Adnan Januzaj could take a very similar course of action after being sent to the Under-21 dressing room by Mourinho.

The Belgian playmaker has seen his stock fall dramatically since his breakthrough season in 2013/14 and is ready to accept his career cannot get back on track at Old Trafford.

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