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Leeds: Journalist shares Juan Mata update

Leeds: Journalist shares Juan Mata update -Leeds United News

Leeds United are in ‘negotiations’ to sign free agent Juan Mata, with talks ‘on the right track’, according to MLS journalist Chris Smith.

The Lowdown: Mata leaves Old Trafford

The Spaniard, who is sponsored by the Whites’ kit providers Adidas, left Manchester United at the end of June following the expiry of his contract.

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

Mata was linked with a move to Leeds by Spanish outlet AS, and Smith – who covers MLS for 90min – provided an update on the situation on Wednesday afternoon.

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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