Juan Mata has been one of Manchester United‘s most important players lately, having bailed the team out on not one but two occasions within the space of a month.
Not only did he play a part in helping the Reds mount a successful 3-2 comeback against Newcastle United in the Premier League, but his sensational free-kick against Juventus also handed United the equalizer before their eventual 2-1 win.
Despite his crucial contribution and otherwise consistent performances, however, the 30-year-old continues to wait for a new contract offer from the Mancunian outfit.
The Old Trafford club had triggered the 12-month extension clause in Mata’s contract at the start of the year, thereby prolonging his current deal until the summer of 2019.
But with just 8 more months left on the playmaker’s contract, Mata will effectively be a free agent come summer. Further, he can start negotiating with interested parties over a potential summer switch from the month of January itself.
According to the Daily Mail, Mata is very much eager to stay put in Manchester, but if no lucrative offer comes his way from the 20-time English champions, he will look to make a move within the Premier League itself.
Mata has attracted interest from a host of clubs from his native homeland, but the report does add that one English juggernaut is also eager to secure his services.
Arsenal are said to be prepared to swoop in for the Spanish international if the chance arises, as the Gunners’ manager, Unai Emery, remains a fan of the midfielder, with whom he shared a good working relationship at Valencia.
Will Manchester United successfully hold onto Mata? Or will he follow the footsteps of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and join the high-flying Londoners?