Arsenal plot to sign Man United star dealt blow as the Red Devils offer midfielder new deal

Arsenal plot to sign Man United star dealt blow as the Red Devils offer midfielder new deal

- Juan Mata has been offered a new one-year deal at Manchester United

- Arsenal have been leading the chase to sign the midfielder

- Mata signed for the Red Devils in January 2014 from Chelsea

Manchester United have offered Juan Mata a one-year contract extension in a move aimed at ending uncertainty over his future at Old Trafford.

The Spaniard's current deal at United is set to expire at the summer, and the midfielder is said to be weighing his options as he pushes for regular playing time.

Despite parading some good performances under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the 30-year-old has failed to nail a permanent starting role under the Norwegian.

According to a UK Metro report, Arsenal were keen to sign Mata on a free transfer ahead of the 2019/20 season, but United are understood not to be open to such an arrangement.

As such, the Manchester outfit has tabled a 12-month contract extension for the midfielder in an attempt to fend off Arsenal's pursuit.

Mata has previously worked with Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, at La Liga side, Valencia, and the former PSG tactician would fancy a reunion at the Emirates.

Apart from Arsenal, the midfielder is also said to be open to a move to Italy but contends a switch to America or China would not be an option at this stage of his career.

Mata joined United from Chelsea in January 2014 for a record fee and has since established hiself as an integral squad member at Old Trafford.

Mata's agent is understood to be gearing up for crunch talks with United over a possible new deal for the midfielder.

According to a UK Metro report, United triggered a one-year extension clause in Mata’s contract in 2017 and his representatives expected a fresh offer to follow.

Source: Yen.com.gh

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