Man United make breakthrough in contract talks with Mata

Manchester United are ‘edging closer’ to finding an agreement with Juan Mata¬†over a one-year contract extension.

Mata is coming towards the end of the four-year contract he signed when he joined from Chelsea in 2018, with United having invoked their one-year option last summer.

The player’s father revealed that United had “offered to renew us” in April, but that “proposals from Champions League teams” might complicate discussions.

The two parties have been in disagreement over Mata’s ¬£140,000-a-week wage, with the player seeking ‘a significant hike’ on his current earnings.

United have resisted those demands, however, and a deal is now said to be ’90 per cent certain’, according to a Daily Mirror source.

Mata will become a free agent when his deal expires in two weeks, at which point Newcastle and even Brighton would reportedly have been interested, along with a slew of Spanish clubs.

But David McDonnell says ‘a compromise could be reached in coming days’ between United and the player, who would stay for another year.


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