Man Utd’s £140,000-a-week star offered return to La Liga with Sanchez deal close: report

Spanish side Valencia are looking to finalise a pre-contract agreement to pursue Juan Mata at the end of the season. The Spain international has less than six months remaining on his existing deal, and he is therefore permitted to discuss contractual terms with an overseas club.

According to The Star, Los Che are looking at the prospect of re-signing Mata, who previously plyed his trade for the club between 2007 and 2011. Mata was previously deemed to have earned a year’s extension via a clause in his contract, but The Star suggests that those reports are far off, and United could prefer releasing the midfielder from their ranks.

United are apparently days away from securing the signature of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, and his arrival is likely to hamper Mata’s chances of regular gametime. Mata is currently on a weekly package of £170,000-a-week, and it is suggested that the club are aiming to shift his wages elsewhere to cover up Sanchez fees.

Despite the speculation, Jose Mourinho has previously spoken in good regard about the former Chelsea man, and he would no doubt want additional back-up on the wings, something he was craving for, when the club failed to pursue Ivan Perisic earlier in the summer.

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