Manchester United‘ Juan Mata is subject to rumors suggesting he might be on his way out of Old Trafford and back to his old club Valencia.
While rumors which arise after the end of a transfer window and a while before the beginning of another one are usually the ones who are not given much attention to, Juan Mata’s names coming up in these times has incidentally become a regular occurrence and if last season is anything to go by, United might as well be worried about losing their player.
The Spaniard is no longer guaranteed a starting berth at the club he joined earlier this year as Manchester United had a heavy conclusion to their summer transfer business and brought along the likes of Ángel Di María and Radamel Falcao. With the attack comprising of the mentioned duo, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Ander Herrera and youngsters like Adnan Januzaj, speculation linking Mata with a move to his old ground of Valencia at some point during the next transfer window is not brewing up in papers.
Getting the player will be quite a task for the Spanish club, not only because Manchester United spent £37.1 million in getting the player from Chelsea and would thus want to not suffer a big loss in selling him, but also because Valencia is currently the subject of a takeover by Singapore-based billionaire Peter Lim (who has previously attempted to buy Liverpool)
Any move for Mata will depend on Lim first reaching an agreement with Spanish financial institution Bankia, who currently hold the club’s debt. Lim is believed to be frustrated with the bank’s lack of cooperation and asked his representatives a week back, to postpone negotiations. The business man has already invested significantly for the club and brought in the likes of Álvaro Negredo, Rodrigo and André Gomes during the summer.
It has been reported that Valencia are willing to offer £30m for the Spaniard’s services, a sum that should definitely get the Manchester United management interested. Mata would want a move too for emotional reasons as well as the chance of getting to play for a club regularly. Mata has in fact, also been linked with a move to Roma in a possible makeweight for Kevin Strootman.
Peter Lim intends to make Valencia a force in Spain again, something they were under the managerial helm of Rafael Benitez. After six games, Valencia currently sit in the second place in the league table, with 14 points. They’ve won 4 out of the 6 games and drawn 2.