Journalist claims Man United could sell Juan Mata to fund move for Arsenal star
Journalist James Robson claims Manchester United could sell Juan Mata to make space for Mesut Ozil
Manchester United could sell Juan Mata to open up space for a move to sign Mesut Ozil from Arsenal, according to journalist James Robson.
The Red Devils have been linked with a possible bid to bring Ozil to Old Trafford from their Premier League rivals in recent days as Jose Mourinho ponders bolstering his attacking options at Old Trafford.
Ozil and Mourinho know each other well from their time together at Real Madrid, before the Germany playmaker left the Spanish club to sign for Arsenal in the summer of 2013.
Ozil’s future has been a relentless source of speculation in recent months after both he and Alexis Sanchez entered into the final 12 months of their contracts at Arsenal.
It doesn’t look as if Ozil has any plans to sign a new contract with Arsenal any time soon as his current deal ticks down to its conclusion.
Now, Manchester Evening News journalist Robson has suggested that Mourinho could end up selling Mata to make space for Ozil in his team at Old Trafford.
“I can’t believe Mourinho actually ever got on with him at Real Madrid, but he was highly thought of,” Robson told the Manchester Evening News podcast.
“He’s also been very good, but as seasons have gone by, it’s become a thing he’s gone missing.
“For the majority of his time, he’s been one of the few genuinely world-class players around the Premier League.
“If he’s free that changes everything. Maybe you could sell Juan Mata.
“I don’t see how you could have Mata, Mkhitaryan and Ozil in the same team.
“He’s sold Mata once before so maybe if he got Ozil, he’d sell him again.
“If he signed Ozil, someone would have to go. Mkhitarayan is in Mourinho’s mind.
“I’m looking at where the gap and if you sell Mata for around £40m, he would make him £40m.”
Mata will be hoping to feature for Manchester United when the Red Devils return to Premier League action with a crunch clash against Liverpool at Anfield next weekend.