Leeds United are reportedly in talks to sign former Manchester United attacking midfielder Juan Mata.
The Lowdown: Busy summer
The Whites have been extremely proactive in the transfer market, with Andrea Radrizzani fulfilling his promise when it comes to improving the playing squad.
The Latest: Mata talks?
They claim that Victor Orta has contacted Mata’s father over a possible Elland Road deal, with negotiations slow but progressing ‘on track’.
The Verdict: Shock
Leeds appear to be building for the future with their oldest signing of the summer being Marc Roca at 25. Therefore, the rumours regarding Mata, who turned 34 in April, are a surprise.
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He would bring plenty of Premier League experience to Elland Road and has scored 137 goals and provided 157 assists during his club career, so there’s no doubting his quality, but the Spaniard has made just 16 Premier League appearances across the last two seasons.
Mata can play on the wing or in behind the striker, and with no fee to pay, Orta may well be willing to bolster Jesse Marsch’s attacking ranks with a cut-price swoop, but it certainly looks like a risky one.
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