Manchester United have already confirmed that both Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia walked away from Old Trafford on free transfers this summer. I expected Juan Mata to follow suit.
To my surprise, he wasn’t included on United’s released-players list, as the club were still locked in contract talks with the superstar Spaniard.
Today, the Daily Mirror have given us a positive update on Mata’s future. They say that United and the player are ‘edging closer’ towards an agreement that will extend the 31-year-old’s stay in Manchester.
Talks between both parties are ongoing and there is a claim that there’s a 90% certainty that an agreement will be reached.
Mata wants a significant wage hike on his £140,000-a-week terms to stay at the Theatre of Dreams, with the Reds so far unwilling to meet the player’s demands – although it seems as though some sort of mutual agreement could well be in place in the not too distant future…
Apparently, a compromise could be reached within the ‘coming days’, with a new one-year deal in the works -although United will have to act quickly with Mata’s deal expiring in exactly a fortnight.
Personally, I’d like him to stay around but only if he plays in the #10 role which is by far his best position. Mata just doesn’t have the pace to play out wide which completely nullifies his effectiveness – particularly in difficult away games.