Manchester United could see one of their most-experienced players leave in the coming days after a blockbuster offer has come calling.
Manchester United rendered negative feedback for their transfer activities this summer and rightly so. The club failed to land any of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s desired targets apart from perhaps Alex Telles and Donny van de Beek, and instead ended up signing Edinson Cavani, an aged striker for a contract worth 10 million euros per year.
With that being said, the Red Devils also failed to sell off any players who were struggling for regular time. One of those is Juan Mata, who occupies a sizeable part of the side’s wage budget. The Spaniard is among the least used players in the current setup despite being very crucial under David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho in the past.
Juan Mata’s time on the pitch since the current manager’s arrival has been very limited and the best option for all parties in question would be a parting of ways. Express has now claimed that the former Chelsea superstar has received an offer to join a Saudi Arabian side, whose name has not yet been disclosed to the public.
The player has received a contract worth 15 million dollars annually, which is proving to be a bit difficult to reject. Mata’s father, who is also his agent is said to be in talks with both the clubs and there is likely to be a breakthrough soon. However, the only concern is the player’s contract termination which needs to be done with a mutual agreement.
United are optimistic about Juan Mata’s release going in a mutually beneficial direction and the club certainly has reason to rejoice. The former Valencia midfielder has aged and cannot promise quality on the field, except in the competitions like the Carabao Cup and FA Cup, which do not seem to be the primary priorities at the Old Trafford right now.
For a club like Manchester United who wants to accommodate the likes of Jadon Sancho and other significant players, getting rid of deadwood should be of importance which the board has not done since a few years. While Mata’s case is different, they must also soon start to act on getting rid of the likes of Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones, who bring lesser to the team than in expected.