Juan Mata has a big club interested in him on a free transfer – report
Atletico Madrid are interested in offering Manchester United’s Juan Mata a route back to Spain this summer, according to reports.
The midfielder’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season, with negotiations over an extension yet to be agreed.
Mata has been at Old Trafford since signing from Chelsea for £50, in January 2014, but reports in his home country say he could be heading back to La Liga.
Sport (opens in new tab) reports that the playmaker is on the radar of Atleti, who could bring him in on a free transfer if the 30-year-old fails to agree a new contract with the Red Devils.
Mata has been in England since arriving at Stamford Bridge from Valencia the summer of 2011 but has struggled for regular game time this season, scoring two goals in 20 Premier League appearances.
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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.