Manchester United To Replace Juan Mata With Brazilian Midfielder

Manchester United's Juan Mata appeals for the goal to be disallowed for offside.

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Manchester United are ready to sell their Spanish superstar Juan Mata if they successfully sign his replacement this summer, according to reports.

The former Chelsea playmaker was a part of the Chelsea squad under Jose Mourinho, but was sold to Manchester United in a bumper deal during David Moyes’ reign at the Theatre of Dreams.

Mourinho has utilised the Spaniard since arriving at the Old Trafford outfit last summer, but it now looks like Mata will not get more than a season under the Portuguese tactician yet again.

According to reports from Turkish news outfit Fanatik, Manchester United are considering selling Mata to fund the transfer of one Anderson Talisca.

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The 23-year old Brazilian midfielder has been in impeccable form with Besiktas, where he is currently on loan from Benfica, and has caught the eye of Mourinho in the process.

The report suggests that Jose is determined to land the midfielder this summer, and he will do so by ending Mata’s time at the club. Manchester United are ready to meet Talisca’s asking price of €21m this summer, and are already looking for potential suitors for Mata.

Mourinho is expected to kick out all the underperformers from the squad at the end of the season, and this might see a huge overhaul at Old Trafford during the summer transfer window.

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Mata was initially a part of this overhaul, but his form in the middle of the season led to the manager as well as the fans think otherwise. However, he has picked up an injury that has all but ended his season, and Mourinho is convinced that it is time for his side to move on.

In what could be a dream transfer for Besiktas, the report suggests that Mata is a target for the Turkish outfit, and will replace Talisca next season. It will definitely not be easy to lure Juan Mata to Turkey, but Besiktas and Talisca could convince Mata to reconsider his future in Manchester.


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