Valencia are reportedly considering a move to sign Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata.
Mata’s position under United boss Louis van Gaal has been questioned following the arrivals of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao and Goal.com claims his former side are looking to take advantage of the situation with an initial loan deal.
“Valencia are lining up a big-money January move for Juan Mata - but must wait for Peter Lim to complete his takeover of the Spanish side before pursuing a deal for the Manchester United playmaker,” reports Goal.
“Valencia are weighing up the possibility of signing Mata on an initial loan deal in January with a view to a permanent move in the summer.”
The timing makes sense.
The months leading into January would allow Mata to judge how important he’s going to be to the current United side before jumping into a move, which could signal the end of his career at Old Trafford.
It’s too early to say but if he’s not starting many games in a season where the number of matches United play is much lower, he could find the incentive of regular football difficult to resist.
A permanent deal next summer would further allow all parties to assess their various situations.
Mata could judge how important he’d be at Valencia while van Gaal could judge whether he wants to retain Mata for his Manchester United midfield.
Arguably the most important point in the matter is the fact that Mata has never said he’s looking to leave United and it’s encouraging for the club’s fans that he seems determined to fight for his place over the course of the season.
He’s a superb player in terms of protecting possession and playing in the hold just behind the main striker or strikers and it’s all down to the Spaniard to make the most of things when he does get a chance to play and start.