Should Tottenham be making Manchester United star a top target?

Juan Mata

Should Tottenham Hotspur make an attempt to sign Manchester United attacking midfielder Juan Mata this summer?

It may be advisable for Tottenham Hotspur to make signing Manchester United's Juan Mata their top priority in the summer transfer window.

Mata has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford, where competition for places in advanced positions is fierce, and the Spaniard may feel that he needs to move on in an order to get regular first-team football.

A player of Mata's quality deserves to have a starting role and there would be no shortage of suitors if United did decide to cash-in on him.

The Red Devils paid a fee the BBC reported to be £37.1 million to sign Mata from Chelsea at the start of 2013, but his stock has fallen considerably since and they would do well to recover anywhere near that amount now.

The Spain international has made 25 appearances across all competition this season, but many of these have been as a substitute and he has never got into full flow.

His talent is undeniable, though, and his arrival at Spurs would be the perfect way to show their ambition to break into the top-four.

Tottenham are currently sustaining a Champions League challenge, but there is a realisation that they still need to add quality to their squad if they are to ensure that they become regular challengers for a place in Europe's elite competition.

  GoalsTotal Scoring AttGoal AssistTotal Att AssistTotal ContestFinal Third EntriesTouchesAppearancesMins Played
Juan Mata 5 20 3 29 21 97 1,138 23 1,493

Spurs' original concern this season was up-front, where they appeared to lack a goalscorer, but Harry Kane's emergence has limited their need to bring in a potent number nine.

Instead, Mauricio Pochettino is likely to be on the hunt for more creativity to bolster his options to use in his trio of players behind Kane - and Mata would be the ideal addition.

The attacking midfielder is an architect as well as a goalscorer and would fit in well with Pochettino's current system.

The Argentine boss demands that his players are comfortable in possession and few players in the Premier League are more suited than Mata for that function.

It makes him a natural target for Tottenham, and his arrival would create a huge buzz around White Hart Lane.

The prospect of having Mata and Christian Eriksen working in tandem behind Kane would see Tottenham forge one of the most feared forward lines in the country and it would surely push them on to the next level.

In terms of realistic additions for Spurs, there are few that are more talented than Mata and Pochettino should make him his priority target during what could be a busy summer for the Lilywhites.

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