One of Manchester United’s most popular players is contemplating a switch to a former club, while a forgotten Arsenal star is set for a surprise transfer to Serie A, according to Wednesday’s papers.
VALENCIA KEEN ON JUAN MATA REUNION
Manchester United star Juan Mata could be set for an emotional return to his former side Valencia – but any move is not likely to take place until next summer.
The Spanish star currently has 12 months remaining on his Old Trafford contract, and although talks have taken place over an extension, no agreement has yet been reached.
And according to The Sun, Valencia have sounded Mata out over a return to LaLiga – but only if he’s available on a free transfer next summer.
Mata earns around £130,000 a week at Old Trafford and Los Che would struggle to get anywhere near those wages.
However, a United source told the newspaper that a move could still come about, saying: “It is well known Juan is wanted by Valencia. There is a strong connection between the two.
“His deal is up next summer and it looks likely he’ll leave unless something changes soon.
“We know Juan’s motives are not related to money and there’s a very strong emotional attachment to take into account.”
Mata made 176 appearances over four seasons at Valencia before his £23.5million switch to Chelsea in the summer of 2011. He joined United for £37.1m – a then club record fee – in January 2014.
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