Juan Mata offered ‘very lucrative deal’ to leave Man Utd for Saudi Arabia

Juan Mata has been made a ‘lucrative’ offer to leave Manchester United, with an undisclosed Saudi Arabian club keen to sign him.

The Spaniard has been at Old Trafford since 2014, making more than 250 appearances since his move from Chelsea.

However, he is yet to play in the Premier League this season, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to assess his midfield options.

At present, Fred, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and summer signing Donny van de Beek are all ahead of Mata in the pecking order.

Mata’s contract expires next summer, but his father and agent is reportedly confident that United would grant him an early exit.

Football consultant and transfer expert Ian McGarry has claimed that the Red Devils are yet to enter negotiations over a move, but an offer has been lodged.

McGarry said on the Transfer Window Podcast (via Express Sport): "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 wirth 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.

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"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."

The 32-year-old proved he still has something to offer United, playing a starring role in the 3-0 Carabao Cup win over Brighton last month, putting in a performance that drew effusive praise from his manager.

"His composure and experience (is vital) for a young team,” Solskjaer said.

"I think he created more or less every moment in this game that was of the highest quality in an attacking sense.

"He is a very valuable member of the squad and a top professional. It is never easy to tell him when he's not playing.

"He has had a fantastic career, he has won whatever there is to win more or less.

"He is an example for everyone to look at, how you conduct yourself and how you perform when you get the chance."

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