Everton must rival Tottenham for Juan Mata

According to the Manchester Evening News, Tottenham Hotspur made an enquiry for Manchester United attacker Juan Mata during the summer transfer window.

Spurs could yet re-ignite their interest in January, but Everton should also be in the running for the Spaniard at the start of 2019.

What’s the word, then?

Mata will see his United contract expire at the end of this season, and there is certainly more than a hint of uncertainty when it comes to the attacker’s future.

The versatile attacker started United’s first two matches of the 2018-19 Premier League season, but was left out of the squad for the fixtures with Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley, and has since revealed his frustration.

The 30-year-old managed three goals and five assists in 28 Premier League appearances last term, and has proved a valuable player for the Red Devils in recent seasons.

It seems that Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sanchez are the two players that will support Romelu Lukaku in the final third when everyone is fit, however, and Mata is also behind Marcus Rashford in the pecking order at Old Trafford.

Tottenham may well move for Mata when the January transfer window opens for business, but Everton should also be in the race for the classy attacker.

Why should Everton make a move?

New Everton boss Marco Silva was heavily backed in the summer transfer market, and the Toffees have made an unbeaten start to the campaign.

That said, the Merseyside outfit have drawn three of their four Premier League matches at the start of the 2018-19 season, and were held by Huddersfield Town last time out.

Richarlison and Theo Walcott have both been impressive in the early weeks, but Turkey forward Cenk Tosun has thus far struggled to make his mark.

Tosun has lacked decent service from a central position, however, and the thought of Mata operating close to Gylfi Sigurdsson would be exciting for the Everton fans.

The 41-time Spain international still has plenty left to offer at the top level, and could inspire the Toffees to a top-six finish if he moved to Goodison Park at the mid-point of the campaign.