Everton fans in the Football Transfer Tavern have needed a few pints of TT Ale today to cheer themselves up as one of their big deals of the summer looks set to be gazumped by Barcelona.
Our Spanish barman was looking over a few sites from his home country this morning and noticed that Mundo Deportivo were reporting that Barcelona are preparing to bring Man United midfielder, Juan Mata, to the Nou Camp.
The 28-year-old has, according to Mundo Deportivo, been close to a move to the Catalan club on two previous occasions, but the deals never went through.
The Spaniard had been strongly linked with Everton in recent weeks but it is now looking as if there has been a change of mindset as the Daily Mail are reporting that the former Chelsea man is willing to stay put at Old Trafford and fight for his place in the side.
The attacking midfielder scored six goals and chipped in with five assists in the Premier League last season, and could have really added some bite to the Everton midfield. However, our Landlord reckons that Mata would be silly to turn down a move to the La Liga champions, should a bid materialise.
Everton and United fans we want to hear from you! Everton, how big of a blow would it be should Barca beat you to Mata? United fans, does he still have something to offer your club? Let us know in the comments below…
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