Galatsaray reportedly close to signing former Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata..
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Galatsaray reportedly close to signing former Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata..

The Telegraph broke the news on Thursday that Turkish Süper Lig giants Galatasaray is reportedly close to signing Spain international attacking midfielder Juan Mata, formerly of Premier League giants Manchester United.

The news was later confirmed by Sky Sports‘ renowned Italian journalist, Fabrizio Romano, who added that Mata is expected to arrive İstanbul to complete his medical and contract signing procedures with Galatasaray.

In addition, Romano also said that Galatasaray is ready to offer Mata a one-year short-term contract that will expire in the summer of 2023, and Mata’s entourage has basically reached a verbal agreement on behalf of the player.

The 34-year-old Juan Mata left Chelsea to join Manchester United for a total transfer fee of €44.73million euros in late January 2014. Since then, the Spain international has spent his entire career playing for the Red Devils until this summer. Mata made a total of 285 appearances for the Premier League side during this period, while scoring 51 goals and providing 47 assists as an attacking midfielder or winger.

In terms of honours, the Real Madrid youth academy graduate has also won 4 titles for the club throughout his near 8-year stint at Old Trafford in his career, including 1 Europa League and 1 FA Cup, 1 Carabao Cup and 1 Community Shield.

However, as he ages, Mata, whose status is declining in the team, has gradually become a bench warmer in recent years, and his appearances have also dropped sharply from a career-high 54 to 12 in the 2021/22 season. Considering various factors, Mata finally decided to part ways with Manchester United and go to other league to start a new round of challenges.


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