Manchester United have reportedly tabled their final offer to Juan Mata for a contract extension.
The Spanish midfielder has been an integral member of United ever since completing a €46m transfer from Chelsea in January 2012.
Mata has since made 217 appearances at Old Trafford, while contributing 45 goals and 37 assists. FA Cup, EFL Cup, Community Shield and the Europa League titles have all come his way.
Yet, Mata’s current deal will expire at the end of next month. Talks over a renewal have been unsuccessful after five months.
The Spanish World Cup winner had previously stated, though, he would put United’s end of run-in ahead his future.
“I don’t think right now is a good moment to speak about it,” Mata said in April.
“Because I prefer to put the team before myself and what we are going to face now is important enough to be focused only on that.”
These developments could trigger a bidding war between Barcelona and Arsenal, who have both allegedly expressed an interest in Mata.
But MEN have reported that United have sent Mata a final offer for a one-year extension, with the option of a further 12-month extension. To sweeten the deal, the 31-year-old can also become a club ambassador once he calls it a day.
While it’s not quite the two-year contract, the Spaniard had been angling for, United are confident he will agree to their terms.
Keeping Mata for next season has never been more important for United, who will lose several players in the summer for nothing. Among them are captain Antonio Valencia and Paris Saint Germain target Ander Herrera.
Meanwhile, Marcos Rojo’s future remains uncertain amid struggles to return to full fitness following several injury setbacks this season.
But Luke Shaw, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Ashley Young have all signed new contracts at United.
— Juan Mata García (@juanmata8) March 12, 2019