Mata, Herrera To Extend Manchester United Stay
Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata looks set to turn down a move to China and stay with the Red Devils.
The Spaniard is out of contract at the end of the season although United have the option to extend his current deal by another year. But Mata’s representatives have been approached by clubs from the Chinese Super League over a big-money move to the Far East.
Clubs in China have had to change their tactics in the recruitment of overseas talent. Players costing more than €6million (at present worth around £5.3million) are subject to a 100 percent government tax. The move aims to protect the development of youth players in the league. As a result, the bottom has fallen out of the market of expensive overseas signings and clubs are now looking at players approaching the end of their contracts.
Mata, 29, was sold to Manchester United by Jose Mourinho when he was manager of Chelsea and his position seemed under threat when Mourinho moved to Old Trafford. But he has nailed down a first-team place starting six of United’s seven Premier League games so far this season.
United also look set to extend the contract of Mata’s compatriot Ander Herrera. Like Mata, Herrera is out of contract at the end of the season, but United have an option to extend it by a year. The club looks set to trigger that option but they will offer improved terms to the 28-year-old.
Mourinho To Sign New Contract
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is also set to sign a new deal with the Red Devils.
The Portugese boss already earns £250,000 a week making him the highest-paid manager in the world alongside Pep Guardiola of Manchester City.
But United are ready to offer Mourinho a new deal worth £65million over five years – £13million a year.
Mourinho signed a three-year deal when he moved to Old Trafford in 2016 and It would make United the manager’s longest-serving tenure.
Talks have already taken place between the board and Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes and details are set to be announced in the coming weeks.