Jose Mourinho ready to swap Juan Mata for Joao Mario

Aubrey Yates
December 7, 2017

Mata started the season brightly under Jose Mourinho but he has since slipped down the pecking order.

Going the other way, Corriere dello Sport report Manchester United have mentioned the name of Juan Mata, although Inter aren't all that thrilled at the thought, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan the Italian side's preferred option.

However, they will be absolutely willing to discuss the departure of Joao Mario, if Man United are ready to offer Armenian global Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has recently been ousted from the team by Mourinho. Interestingly they also say that Mata is concerned about getting a place in Spain's World Cup squad next summer and may feel a move, and more first team football, may be beneficial to his chances.

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However, it appears that José Mourinho still believes in the 24-year-old, and, with a clear lack of depth if Pogba gets injured or suspended, sees him as the man to fill that role.

Mourinho, though, has criticised the former Borussia Dortmund star of late.

United baulked at the fee and the Croatian eventually signed a new deal with the Nerazzurri, however that has not put off the United boss who wants to make an approach for Joao Mario.

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