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Juan Mata To Be Part Of Record Breaking Swap Deal For Juventus Midfielder Paul Pogba

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New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is set to offer Spanish midfielder Juan Mata as part of the reported £100million bid for Juventus playmaker Paul Pogba.

Mourinho had earlier sold Mata to Manchester United during his time managerial stint at Chelsea for a then record transfer fee of £37.1m.

Juventus would look forward to grab the opportunity of roping in Mata in addition to a record fee of £100million from Man Utd, if they allow Pogba to move to Old Trafford this summer.

Juventus would look forward to grab the opportunity of roping in Mata in addition to a record fee of £100million from Man Utd, if they allow Pogba to move to Old Trafford this summer.

The Old Lady have Miralem Pjanic playing in a similar position but it is believed Massimiliano Allegri could use him a bit deeper to make room for Mata behind Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic.


One of the club favourites, Juan Mata has scored 26 goals in 104 appearances and have played a pivotal role in the Manchester United midfield for the past two seasons. However it is believed that he doesn’t fit in Mourinho’s tactical ideology as rumours suggested Mata’s anticipated exit as soon as Mourinho took charge at Old Trafford this summer.

Mata is not willing to leave Old Trafford this summer but it is believed that he would struggle to find game time under Mourinho as the new manager is determined to sell the Spanish striker again.

Mata has been under the radar of several Premier League clubs with Everton leading the race for securing the services of the Spanish striker.

New Everton manage Ronald Koeman has made it clear that he is interested in the United playmaker as he believes that Mata can add a lot of strength to their midfield. It is believed that Manchester United would look for an offer in the region of £20m.

Another club interested in Mata are Stoke City, who are all set to place a tempting bid for the Spanish playmaker. Fenerbahce have also set their sights on Mata this summer and have an added advantage as they can offer him Champions League football. Fenerbahce have a reputation of searching talents at Old Trafford and have previously signed Van Persie and Nani from Manchester United.


France and Juventus star Paul Pogba is edging closer to a summer switch to Old Trafford as fresh rumours suggest that the Premier League giants Manchester United and the player have agreed on personal terms ahead of an anticipated club transfer record bid.

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been busy this summer as he looks to refurbish the squad before the upcoming Premier League campaign.

Mourinho has made an immediate impact after signing Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan this summer. Recent reports claim that he is still on the hunt for a top-notch central midfielder and it is believed that the talented French midfielder Paul Pogba is the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle that Mourinho has been desperately looking for.

Gianluca Di Marzio reports that the Red Devils are all geared up to launch a bid of €120m for the  23-year-old central midfielder, which would make him the most expensive player, not only in the Manchester United squad but in the entire world.

The report also states that Manchester United have agreed in principle with Pogba over personal terms which guarantees the player an annual salary of €13m with a wage in the region of £215,000-per-week after tax deductions.

Highlighting on the same subject, The Daily Mail states that Manchester United are prepared to offer Pogba a wage packet of £300,000 a week on a five-year contract.


Mourinho is believed to be fond of the French midfielder and believes that Pogba will be instrumental in strengthening the squad. Pogba joined united in 2009 as a youth prospect form Le Harve but made a move to Juventus on a free transfer due to lack of game time.

After joining the Bianconeri, Pogba has won three consecutive Serie A titles and has documented his name among the world’s best midfielders.

“We decided four targets. From these targets, we have three. Until we don’t have the fourth, we are still working hard. Myself and the structure,” said Mourinho while attending his first official press conference at Old Trafford.

“When we have the fourth, I will breathe,” he added.

Anirban Das
Anirban Das's journey to Delhi via Kolkata involves football, music, curiosity (which one day can kill the cat) and food. Following global football opens up an infinite space within him in both the conscious and subconscious self, away from the din and bustle of the madding crowd. Supports Manchester United & Barcelona

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