The Crown Prince of Johor’s potential arrival at Valencia could open the door for the club to bring Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata back to the club.

That’s according to La Razón, who say Mata will ‘again be an option’ for Valencia when his deal with Manchester United expires this summer.

They explain that Valencia are keen to ‘take advantage’ of the momentum that the Prince of Johor’s arrival will bring and ‘close renowned signings’ that are ‘within their possibilities’.

The club plan to continue looking at affordable and free transfers, and Juan Mata is one such option for them.

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The 32-year-old is set to end his contract with Manchester United in the summer and so will be free to negotiate with whomever he likes.

He’s already been linked with a return to his former club, where he played for four years between 2007 and 2011, and Peter Lim has already given the go-ahead for it to happen.

Mata has always been open to returning too but has insisted he will only do so if he is joining ‘a stable project’, something that could be on offer if the Prince of Johor were to arrive at the club.

They could, though, face competition from Turkey and Galatasaray. They are on the hunt for a replacement for Younes Belhanda after releasing him following negative comments aimed at the board.

A list has already been drawn up, and Mata has been ‘recommended’ as one option the club could look at come the summer according to Sporx. 

Whether Mata would be open to the switch isn’t mentioned, but it seems if he does leave Manchester United as expected, he won’t be short of offers.