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Real Sociedad ‘lining up January move for Juan Mata’

Real Sociedad ‘lining up January move for Juan Mata’

Real Sociedad are reportedly keen to sign Manchester United attacker Juan Mata in January.

The 33-year-old has not played a single minute of Premier League football for the Red Devils during the 2021-22 campaign, with two of his three appearances coming in the Champions League.

Mata’s contract at Old Trafford is due to expire next June, and there has been speculation surrounding the Spaniard’s future ahead of the January transfer window.

According to The Sun, Real Sociedad are hoping to persuade the 20-time English champions to let the playmaker leave on a free transfer at the start of 2022.

The report claims that the Basque club’s head coach Imanol Alguacil wants Mata’s ‘big-time experience’ to help them push for a top-four finish in La Liga this season.

The Spaniard, who has also been linked with Barcelona, came through the youth system at Real Madrid before representing Valencia for four years ahead of a switch to Chelsea.

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