It was little more than a year ago that Juan Mata was considered to be perhaps Chelsea’s most important player.
Having been crowned the club’s player of the year for two consecutive seasons, Mata was seen as an integral part of the Blues’ success.
If you had told any Chelsea fan 12 months ago that Mata would be on the bench at Manchester United at this point and linked with a second consecutive January transfer – you would have been told you were mad!
But as we have come to learn, you can not be surprised by anything in football – and that is indeed the current situation the Spanish playmaker finds himself in.
United have appointed Louis van Gaal since his January arrival and the Dutchman has spent close to £150 million on new signings – the likes of Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera and Radamel Falcao.
The signings of these superstars has seen Mata fall down the Old Trafford pecking order, as van Gaal looks to accommodate all his new expensive attacking talent.
That has got the rumour mill going once again, with widespread reports suggesting Mata could once again be on the move in January.
Here, we have identified five possible destinations for the former Valencia man to consider.