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Leeds: Juan Mata willing to take pay cut to move to Elland Road

Leeds: Juan Mata willing to take pay cut to move to Elland Road -Leeds United News

Leeds United target Juan Mata is willing to lower his previous Manchester United wage in order to move to Yorkshire.

The Lowdown: Mata talks with Leeds

The Whites have been linked with a move for the 34-year-old in recent days, with the attacking midfielder now a free agent.

Reports have claimed that Victor Orta has contacted Mata’s father over a possible Elland Road deal, with negotiations slow but progressing ‘on track’.

Mata, who was described as a player with ‘class’ dress sense by former Old Trafford team-mate Scott McTominay, is also wanted by Real Betis, Marseille and an Italian club.

The Latest: Mata transfer update

Sport Witness relayed an update from Spanish outlet Marca regarding Mata.

They claimed that he is ‘studying’ the offers from both Leeds and Betis and ‘has made it clear to the clubs that have contacted him that he is willing to lower the amount he earned at Manchester United’ ahead of his next move.

The Verdict: Experienced option

Leeds’ oldest signing this summer has been 25-year-old Marc Roca, so a swoop for 34-year-old Mata would be a bit of a surprise.

However, the Whites have limited options in behind the striker at this moment in time, so the latter could be a useful signing and a Pablo Hernandez-like mentor, especially with teams able to make five substitutions per game in the Premier League from next season.

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Mata has plenty of experience at the top level so he would be able to help a number of young attackers, and with the player willing to lower his previous £160,000-a-week salary, a one- or two-year deal could be a smart move from Leeds.


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