Date: 21st January 2018 at 6:45pm
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The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern are getting more and more excited with the prospect of signing Alexis Sanchez. They believe that Sanchez will add a potent attacking element to their attacking midfield department which will help them push on to the next level.

But with the imminent arrival of the Chilean grabbing the attention of many Manchester United fans, Juan Mata is quickly becoming a forgotten man. According to a report by The Daily Star, Valencia are hoping to take advantage of Mata’s situation and agree a pre-contract deal with him. This would mean that he moves to Valencia on a free transfer in the summer window.

The Spain international’s current deal at Old Trafford expires this summer and reports suggesting that a one year contract extension had been activated are reportedly wide of the mark. Manchester¬† United do not mind shifting his ¬£170k per week wages, especially with Sanchez’s signing expected soon.

Mata has a total of 48 goals and 46 assists to his name in the Premier League in 212 appearances. This season, the 29-year-old has played 21 games, scoring three goals.

But Valencia are hoping to take the Spaniard back to Spain when he becomes a free agent at the end of this season.

Landlord’s verdict

Juan Mata is still a very good squad option for Jose Mourinho and he should be given a new one year contract. With Sanchez coming in, it is unlikely that he will play every game and this could force him to seek a move away. But the 29-year-old still has a future at Old Trafford and his experience and technical ability is worth keeping.

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