Paper Talk: Barcelona ready to snatch Man Utd star on a free

Date published: Sunday 31st March 2019 10:31

Barcelona are ready to raid Manchester United for a star midfielder this summer, while Tottenham have set their price for Christian Eriksen, according to Sunday’s papers.



Barcelona want to land Juan Mata on a free after his contract wrangle at Manchester United, according to reports on Sunday.

Mata’s deal runs out in the summer, meaning he is free to discuss a move to any club outside of England.

And the Catalan giants have opened negotiations by contacting the midfielder’s father and agent, Juan Sr, according to the Sun on Sunday.

The 30-year-old, who was signed from Chelsea for £37.1million in 2014, wants a two-year deal but has only been offered 12 months.

The report goes on to state that Barca view Mata as a no-lose transfer option and that he would be in the starting rotation even if he did not play every big game.

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The LaLiga giants are also said to believe that by giving Mata a multi-season deal they can cash in by selling him next summer, if he does not get enough game-time.

Mata’s future is a further headache for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the new United boss also aware of Real Madrid’s chase for Paul Pogba, while David De Gea’s contract talks also continue to stall.



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