Manchester United Football Club have several players whose contracts are winding down at the season’s end.
Jose Mourinho is obviously doing his utmost to tie them all down to new deals, but at this point, you wonder if there is actually enough time to sort everyone out.
One such player who could potentially leave the Theatre of Dreams on a free transfer when the summer rolls around is Juan Mata. Now, according to the Daily Star, Juventus are looking at bringing in the Spaniard on a free transfer.
Mata would be free to speak to overseas clubs about signing a pre-contract when January rolls around, and no doubt that they’ll be a whole host of teams trying to open discussions with the attacking midfielder.
While it would be a shame to see Mata leave, you could sort of understand the decision. Yes, he’s playing much more frequently recently, but for the majority of his time at Old Trafford, I think it’s fair to say that he hasn’t been involved anywhere near as much as he’d have liked.
Mata is also at that stage in his career where there may only be one more opportunity for a big-money move, and trying his hand in the Serie A may well be an attractive proposition, particularly as he’d be joining a club where league titles are almost guaranteed.