Back in January 2014, Manchester United broke their club record transfer fee when they paid Chelsea Football Club a fee of £37.1 million for the Spanish midfielder, Juan Mata.
At the time, Jose Mourinho was the manager of the West London club.
Fast forward a couple of seasons, to when Mourinho signed on the dotted line to become the manager of Manchester United, the general assumption was that having agreed to sell Mata, when both were at Chelsea, the Spanish international’s career at Old Trafford would soon be coming to an end.
But those thoughts never materialised into fact and, as I write, Juan Mata is still very much a part of the Manchester United squad, a very respected one at that.
However, the new source, Talksport, is of the opinion that a parting of the ways is imminent.
According to our respected source, the 30-year-old will leave Old Trafford for free this summer but will remain in the Premier League with Arsenal being tipped as the possible destination.
If that is the case, you can’t help but ponder over the wisdom of selling a player, who is still capable of competing at the highest level, to a Premier League rival.
But, moves between Old Trafford and the Emirates are not something new with Danny Welbeck and Henrikh Mkhitaryan both making the switch on recent times.
Personally, I’d be sad to see Juan leave, he is the type of player that always gives his all and also possesses the ability to produce a moment of magic to change a game, but his age, as United look to the future, is against him.
However, if a move is inevitable, I can’t help thinking my preference would be for the player to make a return to mainland Europe, how about you?
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