The Daily Star has our punters looking up with shock here in the Football Transfer Tavern, and our landlord is reaching for the top shelf spirits as they claim that Juan Mata is considering a move to Barcelona.
The midfield star has struggled so far under Jose Mourinho and has seen his place in the first team not only come under question but nearly disappear altogether.
Now it seems that the highly sought after Spanish international is being monitored by Catalan giants Barcelona and could well be willing to consider a move.
Mata previously spoke out about his future and noted: “I think it’s normal in every transfer window that there are lots of rumours but I’m happy.
“It’s been a very, very good two seasons for me, maybe the best of my career, and what I want this season is the same.”
Despite this there has been even more speculation over the future of Mata – and not only are a host of English clubs willing to make a move for the star in January, but Barcelona are also considering making their very own swoop.
As one of our punters wonders, just what would this mean for the current midfield stars at the club – especially Cesc Fabregas?