Everton boss Koeman admits deal for Mata ‘is possible’

Date published: Saturday 9th July 2016 9:48

Juan Mata: Cools transfer speculation

Everton boss Ronald Koeman admits a deal for Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is possible.

The Spaniard’s future at Old Trafford is in doubt following the arrival of Jose Mourinho and when asked by fans, whilst signing autographs, whether a move for Mata was on the cards, Koeman replied: “Yes, it is possible.”

The 28-year-old attacking midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Everton namely due to the fact that Mourinho was the man who sold him to Chelsea for a fee of £37.1million in January 2014.

Mourinho questioned Mata’s speed and defensive part of his game and the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan has no doubt shunted Mata down the pecking order of Old Trafford.

Reports earlier this week suggested that Everton had tabled a £20million offer for Mata, who played under Koeman during his first season as a Valencia player.

In May Mata’s agent was reportedly looking to arrange a meeting with Mourinho to ensure what the future held for him at United and all the signs are that Mata has been told he can move on if he can find snother club. And Everton, backed by billionaire shareholder Farhad Moshiri, are leading the hunt for the player, whose contract runs out in 2018.

Everton have so far made one signing in the transfer window with the arrival of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and Koeman is desperate to add some of his own players to the Goodison Park squad and Mata, who has scored 26 goals in 91 starts for United could be the first outfield player in at Goodison.

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