Man Utd transfer news: United working on shock deal with Barcelona – Insider
That’s according to Bleacher Report insider Dean Jones, who’s revelation has prompted mixed responses on Twitter.
Manchester United are in the midst of a squad overhaul as Jose Mourinho looks to build a side capable of challenging champions Manchester City next season.
Mata looked set to stay on at Old Trafford though having carved out a role for himself under his former Chelsea boss.
However, it seems the Spanish playmaker could be on the way back to his homeland ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
Jones, who reports on transfers and tactics for Bleacher Report, dropped a bombshell on Twitter this morning.
“Hearing that some progress is being made in a potential deal for Juan Mata to join Barcelona this summer,” he wrote.
Mata would leave United having won three trophies during his four-and-a-half-year spell in Manchester.
It’s safe to say fans have mixed views on the prospect of the 30-year-old heading to Barcelona.
“Mata would thrive in a team Like Barca, whereas [Ivan] Rakitic would thrive in a team like United. A swap deal would be good for both parties,” wrote on supporter.
“Mata out and [Gareth] Bale in. I’m all for this ngl [not gonna lie],” said another.
“Lol he’s not what they need,” added a third.
“Looooooooool we don’t want finished players,” quipped a fourth.
One fan even jokingly suggested United should try to swap Mata for Barcelona’s talismanic forward Lionel Messi.
Mata could be joined in leaving United this summer by Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind and Marouane Fellaini.