The Lowdown: Mata leaves Old Trafford
The 34-year-old, who was described as ‘top’ player by former Red Devils team-mate Scott McTominay, spent eight-and-a-half years at Old Trafford and made 285 appearances for the club. He now seems to be on the hunt for a new side, and that could well be a trip across the Pennines to Elland Road.
The Latest: Mata update
Taking to Twitter, he said:
“I’m told negotiations between Juan Mata & Leeds United are going slowly but ‘on the right track’.
“Mata was linked to MLS & Turkey but his priority is staying in a top Euro league. Real Betis, Marseille & 1 of the Rome giants also interested.”
The Verdict: Strength in depth
Mata may well be into the final years of what has been a glittering career, but he could still be a shrewd addition to Jesse Marsch’s side.
He would bring plenty of top-level experience from almost 600 club career appearances, could offer vital knowledge to what is a relatively young first-team squad and would provide an option as an attacking midfielder or out wide.
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There is no fee required and reports elsewhere have claimed that Mata would be willing to take a pay cut on his previous Manchester United wage in order to secure a move to Leeds, which can only be viewed as an encouraging initial sign, making this prospective move one to watch ahead of the new campaign.
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