According to ESPN, Manchester United could pay the ultimate price for not triggering a contract extension in the summer.
Spanish playmaker Juan Mata could be on his way out of the club at the end of the season, with his contract set to expire in five months.
The 29-year-old, who joined United from Chelsea in January 2014, is in the final season of a four-year-deal, and the club have the option to extend his stay for another 12 months.
Metro say Manchester United have triggered extensions for Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, and hold options for Daley Blind and Ashley Young, but Mata’s future remains up in the air.
The ex-Valencia midfielder, who has made 24 appearances in all competitions this season, is reportedly keen to stay at Old Trafford, but may have a decision to make as Inter Milan and his former club lodge an interest.
Mata can negotiate a pre-contract deal with foreign clubs, although the report states he isn’t looking to leave Manchester United. The Europa League winners aren’t looking to let the Spanish international go on free transfer either.
But despite United and Mata’s mutual love for one another, the fact remains that he’ll be out of contract in the summer until the club trigger an extension.