Valencia majority shareholder Peter Lim has given the go-ahead for the club to make a move for Manchester United’s Juan Mata in the summer.
The Spaniard is out of contract at the end of the season and is expected to move on from Old Trafford given his reduced role in the squad under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
A return to Spain would make sense for the 32-year-old, who played for Real Oviedo, Real Madrid and Valencia before a £24m move to Chelsea in 2011.
Valencia are now ready to offer him that return should he want it, with La Razon reporting that Lim has given the ‘go-ahead’ for the former star to return to the Mestalla.
They state that Lim ‘welcomes’ the idea of the midfielder making a return to his former club when his contract with Manchester United runs out.
It’s believed the club see Mata, who would be available on a free transfer, as a ‘market opportunity’ to strengthen their squad.
However, whether Mata would want the move is up for debate with it claimed that a switch to Los Che ‘might not be an attractive’ option for the Manchester United man because of Peter Lim’s presence at the club.
Why that is the case isn’t made clear but given Lim is pretty much public enemy number one to any real fan of Valencia, it’s probably got something to do with that.