The Blues are expected to be busy in the summer transfer window, as new manager Ronald Koeman looks to spend the funds given to him by Farhad Moshiri.
One man they have been linked to is Mata, who it has been reported could leave United following the appointment of Jose Mourinho.
Should the Spaniard arrive at Goodison Park, then he would be competing with Ross Barkley for that coveted number 10 position in the team.
With that in mind, it seems prudent to see how the two players compared in the Premier League last season. We did just that, courtesy of stats provided by Opta, and they produced a very surprising result.
|Team||Goals||Ontarget Scoring Att per Game||Goal Assist||Key|
|Successful Final Third Passes per Game||Accurate Passes per Game||Passing Accuracy||Won Contest|
|Juan Mata||Man Utd||6||0.58||5||1.39||18.53||42.32||89%||0.79||38|
In the eight areas looked at, Barkley came out on top in an impressive five of them to secure a comfortable win over Mata.
He managed more goals and more assists than the Spaniard, while also registering more shots on target, more key passes and more won contests on a per game basis.
Mata did come out on top when it came to passing, registering more successful final third passes and more accurate passes per game as well as a better overall passing accuracy.
An interesting victory for Barkley though that suggests that perhaps Everton should stick by their current star rather than looking to bring in someone new.