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Man United hold transfer talks, loan deal possible

According to reports from Plaza Deportiva, Valencia have held transfer talks with Manchester United over a potential deal for attacking midfielder Juan Mata.

Jose Mourinho selected the Spain international to start against Bournemouth on the opening day of the Premier League season and he scored the first in a 3-1 win over the Cherries.

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But having famously been sold to United by the Portuguese whilst he served as Chelsea boss, Mata’s long-term future at Old Trafford remains somewhat open to speculation.

And Plaza Deportiva claim Valencia owner Peter Lim – often aligned with United through the Salford City connection – held talks with the Red Devils over a potential deal for Mata last Saturday.

However, due to Financial Fair Play regulations, it’s unlikely the La Liga outfit can afford a permanent transfer for the 28-year-old.

But a loan deal could be on the cards – if United are willing to pay a significant portion of Mata’s wages.

The midfield maestro made his breakthrough at the Mestalla, registering 213 appearances for Valencia before moving to Chelsea in summer 2011.

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