Sometimes managers just don’t fancy players. Whether it’s their style or personality, it’s a doomed relationship. When Jose Mourinho was appointed Manchester United manager, Juan Mata, 28, must have got a sinking feeling in the pit of his stomach.
The Portuguese manager sold the Spaniard to United in 2014 for £37m and is now set to repeat the feat, this time Everton are willing to meet the £20m valuation placed on Mata.
Ronald Koeman, the Toffees new manager, is looking for the marquee signing which matches the ambitious words of new co-owner, Farhad Moshiri. Talk is cheap but signing players is an expensive business and the Dutchman knows he has the money to realise those dreams.
Signing the widely-respected midfielder would help Koeman’s cause as he fights to keep hold of Romelu Lukaku, 23. The Belgian made no secret of his desire to play Champions League football and with Juventus hovering, seemed set to leave Goodison Park. Everton are hoping to keep hold of their star striker for one more season at least.
Mata left Stamford Bridge with Mourinho’s praise for Brazilian playmaker, Oscar, 24, ringing in his ears. He flourished initially at Old Trafford but Louis Van Gaal’s formation initially stifled his creativity.
Last season regain his importance to the XI but Mourinho’s appointment has pointed the Spaniard toward the exit door.
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