Manchester United midfielder must take pay cut to join Barcelona

Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata must accept a pay cut to join Barcelona this summer, report The Sun (opens in new tab).

The Spanish schemer is out of contract in June and looks set to depart Old Trafford after failing to agree a new deal.

Barcelona are among the clubs keeping tabs on Mata's situation, but they are unwilling to match his current £170,000-a-week wages.

The 31-year-old will therefore have to accept a lower salary to move to the Camp Nou, although the Blaugrana could top up his earnings with bonuses and a sizeable signing-on fee.

Mata scored the opening goal in United's 1-1 draw with former employers Chelsea on Sunday.

He has made 217 appearances and scored 45 times since joining the Red Devils for £37.1m in 2014.

The ex-Valencia man has also won the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Europa League at Old Trafford , but his time at the club looks to be coming to an end.

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Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).