Juan Mata could return to his native Spain on a free this summer, with Atletico Madrid rumoured to be closing in on a deal.
According to Spanish newspaper, Sport claims Mata, 30, could be heading to the Wanda Metropolitano when his Manchester United contract expires this summer.
Juan Mata’s deal at Old Trafford expires at the end of the season and he is expected to move on as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to revamp a United squad that has struggled in the latter stages of the campaign, following the Norwegian’s appointment on a permanent basis.
Spanish publication Sport claims that the former Chelsea man is ready to make a return to the country where he made his name with Valencia.
The report goes on to state that Atletico are currently leading the race to secure the 2010 World Cup winner’s signature, as Diego Simeone bids to strengthen his squad for a LaLiga title challenge in 2019-20.
Atletico are also said to be preparing an offer for Real Betis winger Sergio Canales.
Team-mate Marc Bartra could arrive as a replacement for Inter Milan-bound Diego Godin.