Man Utd transfer news: Juan Mata to leave Old Trafford at end of contract after eight years | Transfer Center News
Juan Mata will leave Manchester United after eight years at the club when his contract expires at the end of the month.
The 34-year-old was signed by David Moyes from Premier League rivals Chelsea in January 2014 and went on to make 285 appearances for United, scoring 51 goals.
Mata’s first trophy at Old Trafford was the 2016 FA Cup under Louis van Gaal, while he also helped the side to the Europa League and League Cup under Jose Mourinho the following season.
In a statement confirming his departure, United said: “Thank you for devoting eight years of your career to United, Juan. Everyone at the club wishes you the best for the future.”
Mata has struggled for games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick this season, making just 12 appearances in all competitions.
The Spaniard will leave the club with Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingardwhom United announced he would also leave at the end of his contract on Wednesday.
United Academy graduate Pogba left Old Trafford to join Juventus as a free agent in 2012, only to return four years later for a club-record £89million while Lingard will end a partnership with 20 years with the club.
Man Utd hold talks with Barca over De Jong
The departures of Mata, Pogba and Lingard come as Erik ten Hag takes over as United’s new manager after leaving Ajax.
Ten Hag will be looking to revive the fortunes of a side that have collapsed to sixth in the Premier League this season, and one of his first acts was to make a move for midfielder Frenkie de Jong. Barcelona who played under him at Ajax.
United have had initial talks with Barcelona over signing De Jong, who is one of several midfielders United are considering.
Sky Sports News have been told a deal is not being done as there would be ‘significant hurdles’ to overcome – including fees and the player’s will.
De Jong is a player highly valued by Ten Hag. The Dutch international was part of the Ajax squad that won the 2018/19 Eredivisie title and reached the Champions League semi-finals.
However, the 25-year-old, who has made 139 appearances for Barcelona, is said to be reluctant to leave Camp Nou this summer.
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