Everton are weighing up a move for Manchester United star Juan Mata.
The Merseyside club are monitoring the Spaniard’s sitaution at Old Trafford with close interest, and are reportedly keen on making a move for the 28-year-old play-maker.
Toffees boss Ronald Koeman has been interested in Mata for a while now, and would love to have him on board. Koeman confirmed his interest in the attacking midfielder while signing autographs for fans. When asked by a fan about the possibility of signing Zenit star Axel Witsel and Juan Mata in particular, the Dutchman replied: “Yes. It is possible.”
Everton’s budget has also risen by a considerable margin after defender John Stones signed for Manchester City in a £47 million deal. The club were quick to find replacement, as they signed Welsh defender Ashley Williams in a deal worth a very reasonable £9 million, considering how important Williams was to Swansea, and to his country Wales at Euro 2016.
The Toffees are also keeping an eye on Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie, who is valued at around £28 million by the Eagles.
According to Dutch paper De Telegraph, Mata could be interested in joining Koeman at Everton.
Mata – who has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford ever since the appointment of Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho – hinted at the start of the season that he is determined to stay at Old Trafford and fight for a place in the team.
The situation might have changed after Mourinho publicly humiliated the Spaniard by subbing him on and off in the Community Shield match against Leicester. However, Mourinho explained the reasons behind his substitution, and claimed that Mata was very angry at first, but understood the decision later on.
The two do not see eye to eye, and they had a frosty relationship at Chelsea as well, where Oscar was the preferred choice over Mata, despite the Spaniard being the club’s two-time player of the year.
Mourinho is determined to use Wayne Rooney in the No. 10 role this season, and with the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mata may see a repeat of what went on at Chelsea.
Koeman and Everton will be keen to capitalise on this, and will attempt to sign the 28-year-old before the transfer window closes on the 31st of August.