Juventus are simply the masters when it comes to making strategic approaches for free agents or players well past their peaks. Their past acquisitions of Patrice Evra, Sami Khedira, and Dani Alves are evidence of such.
Now, they don’t seem to be showing hints of stopping this trend, and their latest interest is a Manchester United player who seems to be swamped with more offers from outside the club than within.
As per the Standard, Juve are the latest club who are eager to sign Juan Mata in view of the fact that he runs out of contract at the end of this season, and can begin negotiating with foreign clubs from the winter window itself.
As far as foreign interest goes, clubs in Spain are also quite eager to bring him back home, with Valencia and Oviedo, both being his former clubs, topping the list to make him their next signing.
The source also adds that even though Jose Mourinho has expressly told the higher-ups to hand the Spaniard a new deal, it may not materialize into one.
The 30-year-old seems to have placed himself back into the side’s starting lineup for the time being, but it is uncertain if that would have been the case had Jesse Lingard been fully fit.
Further, the appeal of the Serie A with the Old Lady could prove to be a strong factor as opposed to that of La Liga or a Chinese or US stint, both of the latter being ruled out by the report by virtue of Mata’s age.
Fellow Spaniards David De Gea and Ander Herrera have a similar situation to that of Mata at the Mancunian outfit, and it’s only the goalkeeper amongst the lot who holds the closest chance at being handed a long-term deal.
To makes matter worse, recent reports have even alleged a possible reunion for Mata with Unai Emery at Arsenal.