Everton are ready to make a late push to lure Juan Mata away from Manchester United, with the player keen to move on even though Jose Mourinho’s side have no particular desire to sell, according to reports from The Times.
The Spaniard’s future at Old Trafford has been the subject of much doubt since the arrival of ‘The Special One’ as manager, with the Portuguese tactician having famously sold him early on in his second reign as Chelsea boss.
Speculation in recent months has pointed towards the 28-year-old no longer being needed at the Theatre of Dreams under ‘Mou’, and talk of his exit intensified on Sunday when Mata was subbed on and then withdrawn before the final whistle in the Community Shield win over Leicester.
However, it has since been claimed that Man United are keen to keep the experienced playmaker, but reports suggest that Everton are readying a late push to lure him away, with the ex-Chelsea ace is expected to push for a move.
The Toffees are believed to be closing in on a deal for Crystal Palace’s Yannick Bolasie after snapping up Ashley Williams from Swansea with Ronald Koeman’s plans kicking into gear after a quiet few months on Merseyside.
And even though Man United are reluctant to see Mata leave, the Dutchman, who coached the player at Valencia, is keen to add the attacking midfielder to his ranks.