Barcelona are considering a sensational summer swoop for Manchester United’s Spanish playmaker Juan Mata.
Mata’s future is in doubt at Old Trafford following the managerial appointment of Jose Mourinho – who allowed the midfielder to leave Chelsea for United in 2014.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the La Liga giants have stepped up their interest in the 28-year-old former Valencia star in their quest for European glory next season.
The Spanish daily report that Mata – who was left out of Spain’s squad for Euro 2016 – is preparing for life away from Manchester and has recently visited the city.
Barcelona are looking to strengthen their attacking ranks despite boasting the impressive trident of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
The Spanish giants completed the domestic double this season but were disappointed to exit the Champions League in the quarter-finals
Mata has previously been close to making the move to the Nou Camp and with doubts over his future under Mourinho’s United, Barca hope the Spaniard will make the move.
Last week, Sportsmail revealed that Mata’s advisers are set to seek assurances from Mourinho to make sure he still has a role to play at United – just as they did two years ago at Chelsea.
The 28-year-old scored in their FA Cup final win this month and this will not be the first time that Mata’s camp have asked Mourinho about his plans for their client