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Manchester United transfer news: Juan Mata to leave Old Trafford and join Arsenal in the summer on a free – reports

Juan Mata is set to leave Manchester United for free in the summer and join Arsenal, according to talkSPORT host Adrian Durham.

The Spaniard is out of contract in the summer, having been at Old Trafford since 2014 after a move from Chelsea.

Juan Mata’s celebrates his equaliser against Juventus

Despite scoring the equaliser in United’s 2-1 win over Juventus, the diminutive playmaker has failed to hold to a regular starting berth under Jose Mourinho.

And now, according to Drivetime host Durham, the World Cup and European Championship winner will leave for the Emirates in the summer.

Presenting the show alongside Jason Cundy, Durham said: “I thought we were going to do a Juan Mata love-in right.

“I thought we were doing an appreciation hour for Juan Mata. After I said this, just a couple of minutes ago, just had a message going; ‘He’s going to Arsenal on a free’.

Mata and Emery worked together before at Valencia

“We can’t do this anymore, if he’s going to Arsenal. We all love him now, but who is going to love him when he goes to Arsenal?

“He’s going to be going to Arsenal on a free! He was with [Unai] Emery on a free wasn’t he, so he’s going to Arsenal on a free because he is out of contract in the summer.”

Mata did indeed play for Gunners boss Emery during his time as Valencia boss, before moving to the Blues in 2012.

Having established himself as one of the most creative Premier League players, former United boss David Moyes swooped in January 2014 to take him up the M1 to Old Trafford.

The 31-year-old scored and created goals for fun in west London


When asked by Cundy how he knew this information and whether or not he could be trusted, Durham was as bullish and defiant as ever.

“This is breaking news, Juan Mata is going to Arsenal,” he continued.

“This is what I have heard, it is not official. My sources close to the club have said he is going to Arsenal on a free.

“By the way, when it happens, you can all ring up and say ‘We doubted you but, as ever, you were right.’”

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