But according to The Express, the Spaniard could be set to leave Old Trafford already with Barcelona hot on the heels of the former Chelsea midfielder.
Louis van Gaal prefers to use just one attacking midfielder behind the striker, and with Wayne Rooney his obvious choice behind Robin van Persie in attack, Mata could be sacrificed to raise funds for pacy, direct wide-men.
A £40 million bid is set to be on the table from the Catalan club and Dutchman van Gaal is now ready to listen to serious offers as he evaluates his new Manchester United squad.
New Barca boss Luis Enrique is also getting to grips with a new squad and he sees Juan Mata as the perfect addition to his ranks – especially as Cesc Fabregas continues to be linked with a move away from the Camp Nou.
United have been linked with a host of new signatures in recent weeks including Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus and Liverpool target Yevhen Konoplyanka.
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