Tottenham wanted £37m Mata in 2013, now try again?

West Ham's Mark Noble and Manchester United's Juan Mata in action

Tottenham tried to sign Juan Mata three years ago. Could they try again now Jose Mourinho is Manchester United bound?

Manchester United's Juan Mata with referee Mark ClattenburgManchester United's Juan Mata with referee Mark Clattenburg

Juan Mata's Manchester United future appears a little uncertain with the manager who sold him to Chelsea set to be appointed as manager.

Jose Mourinho allowed fan favourite Mata to leave in early 2014 for £37 million, and went on to win the league with Chelsea the following season.

Already sensing discord between Mata and Mourinho, London rivals Tottenham Hotspur had attempted to sign the Spaniard months earlier, The Mail reported at the time.

Juan Mata celebrates with Willian (R) after scoring the second goal for ChelseaJuan Mata celebrates with Willian (R) after scoring the second goal for Chelsea

The paper claimed at the time: "The north London club will pocket £86milllion from the imminent transfer of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid and have earmarked Mata as a replacement for the Wales international."

Unfortunately for Tottenham, this interest arose at the very time relations between the two clubs hit a new low, with Chelsea hijacking their deal for Willian days earlier. 

Interest in Mata was doomed to fail, and it amounted to nothing, but could they have more luck with an attempt this year?

Mourinho would have to change his mind on Mata to pick him for the Red Devils as a starter, and Wayne Rooney's transition into midfield and Jesse Lingard's emergence increases competition for his place, and that is before any new signings are considered.

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney talks with Juan MataManchester United's Wayne Rooney talks with Juan Mata

Tottenham could offer Mata Champions League football, while he is also the sort of unassuming personality who would not rock the boat in a harmonious first team squad.

Harry Kane could thrive from Mata's service, with the Spaniard providing 25 league assists in two seasons during his best spell of form for Chelsea.

Mourinho may not want to sell to Tottenham, but he was not expected to sell to United either, although Mata may worry about upsetting Chelsea fans if he moves to another London competitor.

The signing is one which could propel Spurs towards a Premier League title, potentially replacing Heung-Min Son in the first team squad, and forming an attacking quartet with Kane, Eriksen and Lamela.

Tottenham's Harry KaneTottenham's Harry Kane

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