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Juan Mata has been made a ‘lucrative’ offer to leave Manchester United, with an unnamed Saudi Arabian club eager to sign him.
The Spanish midfielder has joined the Red Devils from Premier League rivals, Chelsea, back in 2014. Since then he has made more than 250 appearances for his side, though currently faces a limited playing time at Old Trafford.
The 32-year-old’s contract expires next summer, while his father and agent is reportedly confident that the player will be allowed to leave on a free transfer.
Football consultant and transfer expert Ian McGarry has spoken about the possible move.
On the Transfer Window Podcast (via Express Sport), he said: “We will start at Old Trafford with a shock move for fan favourite Juan Mata, who has been offered a very, very lucrative deal to move from Manchester to Saudi Arabia.
“It’s our understanding that the offer that Mata has is worth around $15million net per year to go and play in the Saudi Arabian league.
“It’s not at this moment in time that Manchester United have entered negotiations, we can’t disclose the name of the club at this moment in time.
“But we are certain that the offer is there, his father, who is his agent, is confident that Manchester United would release Mata on freedom of contract after he had his contract extended by the optional year in his current deal over the summer.
“Mata himself is yet to commit; however, at those kind of numbers you would have to think he would be tempted.
“It certainly is the case that Saudi Arabia is desperate to promote itself as a footballing nation as we know, as well as being a place where players can earn an extremely high amount of money and it would be tax free.”
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