Manchester United could be willing to sell Juan Mata for Mesut Ozil

According to respected Journalist James Robson, Manchester United could be looking for a possible buyer for Juan Mata in order to space for Mesut Ozil in the squad.

Ozil’s contract with Arsenal will run down at the end of the summer and there has been a widespread rumor of the impending exit of the German international from the Emirates Stadium in January or during the summer – especially having been displaced from the Gunners’ starting line-up.

Several clubs have been linked with an interest to sign Ozil over the past few months and recently, claims have been made that Manchester United are planning a surprise swoop for the 28-year-old as manager Jose Mourinho is a big fan.

That being said, United will probably have to cash in on one of their attacking players in order to create space Ozil into the squad and respected journalist James Robson believes that Mourinho could be willing to release Juan Mata from his contract at Old Trafford for an offer in excess of £40million if the Arsenal star arrives at the club.

He said, “I can’t believe Mourinho actually ever got on with him at Real Madrid, but he was highly thought of. He’s also been very good, but as seasons have gone by, it’s become a thing he’s gone missing.

“For the majority of his time, he’s been one of the few genuinely world-class players around the Premier League. If he’s free that changes everything. Maybe you could sell Juan Mata. I don’t see how you could have Mata, Mkhitaryan, and Ozil in the same team.

“He’s sold Mata once before so maybe if he got Ozil, he’d sell him again. If he signed Ozil, someone would have to go. Mkhitaryan is in Mourinho’s mind.  I’m looking at where the gap and if you sell Mata for around £40m, he would make him £40m.”


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