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Barcelona target Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata for summer transfer

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Spanish giants Barcelona are keeping a close eye on Juan Mata’s contract negotiations and may swoop if he doesn’t agree a deal with Manchester United, according to reports.

Mata’s contract with United expires at the end of June, and Barcelona have met with his representatives this month to sound him out about a potential move, Goal reports.

United are still in talks with the 30-year-old about a new deal and are hopeful that he will sign.

However, with interest from Barca – as well as other clubs such as Paris St-Germain (inevitably) – Mata could have his head turned.

Mata has made 208 appearances for United since joining in 2014, scoring 44 goals. However, he hasn’t been a regular starter this season – only 9 of his 15 appearances have been from kick-off – and could be tempted by a move where he would get more minutes on the pitch.

For Barca and others, the fact Mata would be available on a free would be a big incentive – a player of proven quality such as him would be very pricey in today’s market.

Juventus plan move for Manchester United star Juan Mata

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Italian champions Juventus are plotting a move for Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata – and could bag him on a free transfer. 

Mata is in the final year of his deal at United and therefore is able to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in January before moving in the summer.

Juventus have identified Mata as a quality player they could pick up for free – as they did with Liverpool midfielder Emre Can last summer.

However, it is thought that United boss Jose Mourinho is keen to retain Mata and give him a new deal. But the club are leaving it late for negotiations.

But Mourinho can not guarantee a place in the first team for Mata – even though he has been impressive when he has started this season.

This lack of regular first-team action could be a factor in Mars’s decision. Likewise, the slower pace of Serie A may suit his style of play. Plus there is the opportunity to play alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo in a side challenging for the Champions League title.

There could be other options for the Spaniard too – such as a return to his home country at a club such as Valencia.

It all depends on whether United’s bosses can get a deal sorted with Mata before the end of the year. With other clubs lurking, it should help to concentrate their minds.

Manchester United plan summer move for Chelsea star Willian

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Manchester United are planning a swoop for Chelsea midfielder Willian this summer as part of manager Jose Mourinho’s overhaul of the squad.

Willian has been a stand-out player for Chelsea this season – shining in an inconsistent side – scoring 13 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions.

United have a long-standing interest in the Brazilian international and tried to sign him last summer, although he elected to stay at Stamford Bridge after talks.

However, this time United are more confident of landing Willian, especially as it is looking likely that Chelsea will miss out on a Champions League spot this season, according to a report in The Sun.

If Chelsea were to sell – Willian is under contract until 2020 – they would want to recoup the £30 million they paid Russian side Anzi Makhachkala for Him back in 2013, despite the player being 29.

However, if Willian were to join United, it could mean that Juan Mata might leave, as they play in the same position.

Mata hasn’t commanded a regular starting place this season and his contract expires in 2019, so United could be tempted to sell and get a fee for him this summer.

Jose Mourinho will have offload Manchester United players before he can buy in January

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will have to sell players before he can buy any more in January.

United’s board want to get more control over costs, according to a BBC report. The club’s wage bill was £263.5 million – up 13.5% – according to their last accounts, and Mourinho has spent £285 million on 6 major signings since he joined as manager in 2016.

This means that some players will now be looking nervously at the door marked ‘exit’. Left-back Luke Shaw is likely to be one of those – he was signed for £27 million in 2014 but is out of favour under Mourinho having struggled with injury and form. Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone may be another – he has impressed on his season-long loan at Aston Villa and the club are keen to sign him permanently.

Juan Mata and Antony Martial have also been in and out of the side this season and could be jettisoned if there is a player Mourinho really wants to sign.

Marouane Fellaini is out of contract at the end of the season, so Mourinho could be tempted to sell him in January rather than risk losing him for nothing in the summer, but he is also an integral member of the squad and could be offered a new deal.

However, with United already eight points behind neighbours Manchester City in the Premier League title race, Mourinho may be ready to dip into the transfer market to try and close the gap.

Chelsea and Manchester United set for battle to sign Atletico Madrid star

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Premier League title contenders are shaping up for a transfer battle in January as both compete to sign Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez.

Reports emerged earlier in the week that Chelsea had made a £71.5 million bid for Niguez, with Antonio Conte apparently keen to strengthen that area.

However, it now appears that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is also interested in signing the 22-year-old, and is prepared to offer either Ander Herrera or Juan Mata in a player-plus-cash deal, according to Spanish newspaper Don Balon.

Neither player has been a regular so far this season for United, so a transfer could make sense.

However, a deal is far from close. Atletico’s bosses have said they would not consider selling one of their stars for less than the £134 million release clause he has in his contract, again according to Don Balon. Both Chelsea and United’s offers so far fall well below that.