Juan Mata has been offered to Juventus in a bid by Manchester United to land £100million-rated French midfielder Paul Pogba, writes Steve Bates in the Sunday People.
New Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho is willing to sacrifice playmaker Mata to grab former United starlet Pogba in a world-record deal with the Turin-based Serie A champions.
The Special One sold Mata to the Red Devils for £37.1m in January 2014 when he was Chelsea manager, believing the Spanish international didn’t possess the physicality and dynamic presence he wanted in his midfield.
And those close to Mourinho claim that opinion hasn’t changed, meaning the 28-year-old star is on borrowed time in Manchester.
It’s a grim scenario for Mata, who is a popular figure in the dressing room, around the club and amongst fans.
His best hope is that Mourinho will use him as back-up. But that would represent a major comedown for the Spaniard, who has scored 26 goals in 104 games for the club.
Italian sources claim Mata has been offered to Juve with United desperate to land 23-year-old powerhouse Pogba, who will anchor the France midfield in Sunday’s Euro 2016 final against Portugal.