Shock Arsenal target Mata announces Manchester United contract talks
Spanish star Juan Mata has revealed he is now in contract talks with Manchester United, amid speculation Arsenal are interested in a deal.
Mata’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season and the Spaniard could leave Old Trafford as a free agent at the end of the season, with Gunners boss Unai Emery reportedly ready to hand him a switch to the Emirates.
Emery and Mata have worked together during their Valencia days and although the Spanish midfielder is coming towards the back end of his professional playing career, the Spaniard has the creativity and quality to add something to the Gunners side.
But Mata, who joined United from Chelsea for £37.1 million in 2014, has revealed that he is currently in discussions with the club over extending his deal.
‘I am very happy in England, my contract is up in the summer, and I’m in talks with Manchester United in order to see what happens,’ Mata told El Transistor after United’s win over Juve.
Will Emery keep a close eye on United’s talks with Mata? Here is what we think.
Mata is experienced enough and hood enough to give the Gunners that little edge in big games, something the likes of Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan has failed to do over the last few seasons, so Emery may be a little disappointed to hear that Mata is in talks about a potential new deal at Old Trafford.
However, Mata will be looking to get reassurance from Jose Mourinho that he will be a valuable member of the first team next season, as he is no spring chicken anymore and will not have too many more years at the very top of the game.
Contract talks mean nothing unless a deal is signed, and if Emery is serious about a deal then he will keep a close eye until an announcement is made.