Serie A holders Juventus are reportedly looking into a pre-contract agreement with midfielder Juan Mata when the transfer window reopens in January. The Spain international has been with Manchester United for nearly five years but his future remains under question with his current deal expiring at the end of the season.
According to the London Evening Standard, the Bianconeri are closely monitoring the developments of the Spain international and they could seek to open negotiations at the turn of the year.
The Spaniard was initially fancied to make way from the Red Devils upon the arrival of Jose Mourinho at the helm, given they had a mixed relationship during their time together at former club Chelsea.
However, the Portuguese tactician has stuck with the midfielder, who has been an influence in the dressing room and Mata has likewise been content to remain with the Mancunian giants irrespective of the limited gametime on offer.
As such, Mourinho influenced the club’s decision to trigger a 12-month extension clause in the midfielder’s contract last winter and it remains to be seen whether the hierarchy may prolong his stay beyond the current campaign.
United have usually taken up a shrewd policy whereby they have offered only one-year extensions for players aged above 30, but they have recently bucked on that trend after rewarding Marouane Fellaini with a two-year extension during the summer.
Meanwhile, Juventus have made the habit of pursuing excellent Bosman deals over the past few seasons and they are likely to cease the opportunity of discussing a pre-contract with Mata in January, should United fail to agree an extension by then.
The Bianconeri have pursued the likes of Sami Khedira, Patrice Evra, Dani Alves, Emre Can on free transfers in recent years and they have most recently been associated with an approach for Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey, whose contract expires in June 2019.
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