Tottenham should move for Juan Mata at the start of 2019

Tottenham Hotspur failed to make a signing during the summer transfer window, but the capital outfit should move for Manchester United’s Juan Mata at the start of 2019.

What’s the word, then?

Mata joined United from Chelsea in January 2014, and the 41-time Spain international is closing on 200 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions.

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.

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.

Mata has largely been used in a right-sided attacking position, however, and has struggled for consistency in that area of the field.

The likeable forward will see his United deal expire at the end of this season, and Tottenham should test the waters with a move when the January transfer window opens for business.

Why should Tottenham move for Mata?

According to the Manchester Evening News, Mata was the subject of an enquiry from Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy during the summer window.

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United were not interested in doing business at that point, but the situation could change at the start of 2019 due to Mata’s contract situation.

Mata, in his personal blog, has already admitted that he was disappointed to be left out of the clash with Burnley on Sunday afternoon, and is keen to return to the Spain set-up under Luis Enrique.

That will require first-team action, however, and a change of scenery would do him good.

Mata still has plenty to offer at the top level, and would boost a Tottenham squad that has won little despite its obvious talent.

A cut-price move for a player of Mata’s experience and talent is a no-brainer for Spurs, and Levy should open his cheque book in January.