Juan Mata could be the perfect Aaron Ramsey replacement for Arsenal

According to TalkSport host Adrian Durham, Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is set to join Arsenal on a free transfer at the end of the season.

What’s the story?

Presenter Durham claimed to have received a message stating that Mata will be ‘going to Arsenal on a free.’

The midfielder’s current contract with the Red Devils is set to expire at the end of this season so he will be available on a free transfer in the summer transfer window, unless new terms are agreed before then. 

The 30-year-old also has a relationship with Gunners boss Unai Emery having worked with him in their time at Valencia. The opportunity to reunite with Emery could attract him to the Emirates Stadium.

From a footballing perspective, this would also be a great deal for the north London club as they seek to find a replacement for the outbound Aaron Ramsey.

A perfect replacement

The Welshman’s own contract with Arsenal is set to expire at the end of the season and the club recently withdrew their offer of new terms. According Sky Sports, Ramsey will be released by the Gunners in the summer.

As a rotation option, to come in and take Ramsey’s vacated squad place and to help ease the creative burden on Mesut Ozil, Mata represents a fantastic addition. The 41-cap Spain international certainly has the quality to have an impact at the Emirates.

What do you think, Arsenal fans – would Mata be a smart signing on a free transfer this summer?