Juan Mata gets 1-year contract extension at Manchester United amid Arsenal's interests

Juan Mata gets 1-year contract extension at Manchester United amid Arsenal's interests

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

- The Spanish midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to join Arsenal this transfer window

- 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.

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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.

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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.

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

Legit.ng earlier reported Juan Mata has emerged as top priority signing for La Liga giants Barcelona at the end of the season due to limited playing time at Manchester United.

The Spaniard made just nine starts from 15 Premier League appearances so far this campaign, scoring two and assisting two others in the process.

However, the former Chelsea attacker is not excited with the bench warming role at Old Trafford and will consider a move away from the club.

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