Paper Talk: Mata set for exit; Prem clubs eye Grealish

Date published: Tuesday 31st May 2016 7:57

Juan Mata: Manchester United midfielder linked with West Ham

Juan Mata looks increasingly likely to be sold by Manchester United this summer, while Jack Grealish is apparently wanted by three Premier League clubs.


Juan Mata is a target for Barcelona, according to The Sun.

Mata is fearing for his future at Manchester United following the appointment of Jose Mourinho, who sold him to United when in charge in Chelsea, but the Spain midfielder could be offered a move away from Old Trafford to avoid the prospect of being marginalised by the new boss.

The newspaper says Luis Enrique wants Mata to take some of the burden off Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, with Arda Turan having failed to impress since being signed from Atletico Madrid to perform a similar role in the squad.

Mata, it is said, is open to the idea of relaunching his career elsewhere.


Jack Grealish looks set to be offered the chance to remain in the Premier League, reports the Daily Telegraph, after impressing for England Under-21s at the Toulon tournament.

Grealish, 20, lost all 16 games he appeared in for Aston Villa as they were relegated from the top flight, but Stoke City have already registered an interest, the newspaper claims, with Mark Hughes keen to strengthen his squad’s British core. Hughes is also keen to add creativity, with Ibrahim Afellay set to miss the rest of the year with a knee ligament injury.

Tottenham and Everton will also consider moves for Grealish, it is said, aware they could capitalise on Villa’s drop into the second tier.


Daley Blind and Juan Mata will be high-profile victims of Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Manchester United (Sky Sports)

Michael Carrick has been offered a one-year extension to his Manchester United contract (The Guardian)

West Ham are confident Reece Oxford will sign a new deal despite interest from Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal (Daily Mirror)

Sunderland have slapped a ‘not for sale’ tag on Jordan Pickford, with Manchester United and Tottenham showing an interest in the goalkeeper (Daily Star)

Liverpool are continuing negotiations with Leicester City over left-back Ben Chilwell. The Reds are confident of clinching a deal but may have to pay £7million (Daily Telegraph)

Southampton want to re-sign Calum Chambers on loan from Arsenal. Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, Swansea City and Watford are also interested in the Saints’ academy graduate (Daily Mirror/Daily Star)

Saints boss Ronald Koeman is also pursuing £12million Sporting Lisbon defender Ruben Semedo (Daily Mirror)

Leicester City are closing in on £2.6million German keeper Ron-Robert Zieler from Hanover (Daily Star)

Sunderland are pressing ahead with a £10million move for West Ham striker Diafra Sakho. West Brom are also keen (Daily Mail)

Middlesbrough have overtaken Bournemouth in the pursuit of Colombian defender Bernardo Espinosa (Daily Mirror)

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