The Toffees’ transfer coffers have been bolstered by the near £50m deal for the England international, and although some of that cash will need to be spent on a replacement at centre-back, the Merseyside club are likely to invest in other areas to strengthen their starting XI.
And reports claim that Mata is once again on their radar.
The Spaniard has been aligned with a move to reunite with his once Valencia boss, Ronald Koeman, at Goodison Park, with the Dutch tactician having even admitted earlier this summer that a swoop for the playmaker was “possible”.
Adding further fuel to the fire, Jose Mourinho subbed Mata on and then withdrew the Spaniard in Community Shield action on Sunday, which has once again raised question marks surrounding the player’s relationship with the Portuguese boss, who sold him to Man United when at Chelsea.
However, Sky Sports are claiming that ‘Mou’ has no desire to offload the £37.1m pass-master.