Everton manager Ronald Koeman is trying to convince Juan Mata to join his revolution at Goodison Park, following a massive cash influx from new owner Farhad Moshiri, according to both the Telegraph and the Independent.
A departure from Old Trafford does seem quite likely for the Spaniard considering his past relationship with Jose Mourinho, and a fresh chance to play an instrumental role for a burgeoning Premier League team would be a wise move for Mata.
Mourinho sold the 28-year-old in January 2014 whilst Chelsea manager and it is the Telegraph who have reported that the Portuguese has not changed his opinion on Mata’s style of play being too slow to be an effective player as an attacking element in his team.
It would not be Koeman’s first experience of managing Mata either, having briefly coached Valencia during the midfielder’s time there.
Mourinho’s signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan has indicated that the only future Mata has at Old Trafford is warming the bench.
And the two-time Chelsea player of the year can consider himself unfortunate to not have been included in Spain’s final 23 man squad for this summer’s Euros, considering the fact that he appeared in every single Premier League game whilst also being the club’s third top scorer in all competitions.
Mata is said to be available for £21m, which could be somewhat of a bargain for the Toffees.
Tottenham, Arsenal, Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund are also said to be interested, but Manchester Evening News have posted that it is Everton who are the favourites after the odds were slashed on Mata’s potential move to Goodison Park.
BREAKING: We make Juan Mata 4/9 to join Everton.
Strong rumours linking him to Goodison Park! pic.twitter.com/hruHR6rbvf
— Coral (@Coral) July 3, 2016
This move is certainly one that would be in the best interests of all parties.