Juan Mata scores the first goal for Manchester United
According to Spanish publication Sport, Everton’s chances of signing Juan Mata may have been given a boost as Barcelona have turned down the chance to sign him.
There is every chance that the Spaniard could leave Manchester United this summer after Jose Mourinho’s appointment as manager.
The Portuguese manager famously sold Mata to United when they were together at Chelsea and may look to do so again in this transfer window.
New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho poses ahead of the press conference
Everton are one of the clubs linked with his signature, with the Telegraph reporting that they are trying to convince the Spain start to move to Goodison Park.
Their hopes of doing so may have been handed a big boost too as Sport report that Barcelona have turned down the chance to bring Mata to the Nou Camp.
Juan Mata celebrates scoring the first goal for Manchester United
They also claim that Valencia are still interested in his services, but they could not compete financially with Everton, who are being backed by majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.
This will all come as good news to the Blues, who will be confident they can convince Mata to move to Merseyside now that Barcelona are reportedly uninterested.
New manager Ronald Koeman during the press conference