According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United have made a final contract offer to Juan Mata with the Spaniard’s current deal expiring this summer.
This means Mata will either agree to the proposed offer or join another club in the summer on a Bosman.
Back in January, The Guardian’s Nick Ames commented on how United were not pulling up trees to tie Mata down on a new deal after it was reported he would join Premier League rivals Arsenal on a free transfer.
A piece in the Irish Mirror claims United were previously offering a one-year deal but Mata wanted the assurances of an extra year.
You’d imagine United have either come back with a different salary or have altered the contract duration.
Mata can’t be blamed for looking out for his own career, but what will his squad role be next season if he does stay on?
He’s not a regular in the team as it is and we rarely seem to play a system to suit the No. 10.
Moreover, Mata can no longer be shoehorned out wide on the right when he can’t beat his man — not that he was ever blessed with blistering pace.
The Daily Mail recently ran a story on Barcelona showing interest in the playmaker. Given the attacking talent already in their squad, Mata would make a fine squad player at Camp Nou.
I don’t think a player like Mata would last very long as a free agent this summer, so do you think United are right to offer him a new deal?