Lazio have shortlisted the Manchester United’ Spanish attacking midfielder Juan Mata for the upcoming summer transfer window.
The 33-year-old veteran has been in decline for quite some time now. So, Manchester United decided not to give a new contract to Mata after the arrival of Bruno Fernandes. The midfielder has made 14 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils. He managed to score just twice this season, his majority of the starts came in the cup competitions.
Manchester United bought the former Valencia midfielder from Premier League rivals, Chelsea, in January 2014 for around €45 million. And the attacking midfielder’s contract with The Old Trafford outfit side will finish at the end of this season.
Will Mata go to Lazio from Manchester United?
According to reports, Juan Mata would like to go to Lazio after his contract with Manchester United expires in June. At Old Trafford, Mata earns around £8 million a year, however, he could be satisfied with less than that and even half of that.
Patron Lotito and the Sporting Director of Lazio, Igli Tare, are willing to finalize the deal with the Manchester United star and in the meantime, Mata’s father, who’s also his agent, has already asked for a two-year term with an option for the third year.
Former Chelsea man has made 41 appearances for his national side since making his debut in 2009. Juan Mata has scored ten goals for La Furia Roja. He has won the World Cup in 2010 and the UEFA European Championship in 2012 with the greatest Spanish generation of all time.
Lazio are currently sitting sixth in the league table with 64 points in 33 games. Only five points away from the top four spots with a game in hand. If the Eagles can manage back-to-back qualification to the UEFA Champions League it would be a great achievement for Lazio and Simone Inzaghi.
The 33-year-old midfielder could be the right profile for Lazio as an alternative to Luis Alberto. Mata has loads of experience at the highest level of football with 339 appearances in the Premier League, 61 in the Champions League. And Serie A will be a perfect destination for the 2012 UEFA Champions League winner.
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