Juan Mata set for a shock La Liga return

    Barcelona are assessing the possibility of landing Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata at the end of the season, according to reports from England

    The 30-year-old joined United from Chelsea in 2014 for a reported fee of £40 million but has endured mixed fortunes at Old Trafford ever since.

    This season only, the Spaniard has registered barely 13 Premier League starts, netting two goals and providing three assists.

    Mata’s contract with the Red Devils runs out at the end of the season, and the parties are yet to find an agreement over an extension.

    Former Valencia man has not exactly enjoyed a purple patch since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival, seeing his first-team opportunities restricted under the Norwegian manager.

    Therefore, the Catalans are looking to exploit the player’s current situation in the Premier League and take him back to La Liga on a free transfer.

    With Arthur Melo still to impress, and Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic heading towards the Camp Nou exit, the Blaugrana have to strengthen their midfield in the summer.

    Considering his style of play as well as the fact he is familiar with the Spanish football, Mata perfectly fits in Barca’s profile.

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