Juan Mata, whose contract with Manchester United expired at the end of last season, now appears poised to finalize a transfer despite the transfer window having been closed for nearly a week.
A few months after leaving Old Trafford, former Manchester United player Juan Mata seems to have finally found a new team.
The former Spanish international bid a fond farewell to Old Trafford this summer when his contract with the Red Devils, which he had served successfully for eight and a half years, came to an end.
For the previous few months, he had been without a club.
He may, however, negotiate with any club as a free agent, and it appears that he has chosen his next stop with Turkish Super League team Galatasaray, who are in discussions to sign him.
“Official discussions about the transfer of professional football player Juan Manuel Mata Garcia to our club have begun,” according to a club release.
After that, it was announced that Mata had travelled to Istanbul for additional negotiations with Galatasaray, during which the two sides were expected to reach an agreement.
The 34-year-old would join a handful of former Premier League players at the Nef Stadyumu if his move there is approved.
In addition to former Arsenal player Lucas Torreira, who completed a permanent move to the club this summer, Galatasaray currently employs former Crystal Palace defender Patrick van Aanholt and Swansea City attacker Bafetimbi Gomis.
The possibility exists that Mauro Icardi, Milot Rashica, and Caglar Soyuncu, who are all still being linked with moves before the Turkish transfer window ends today, will join him.
World Cup champion Mata began his professional career in Real Madrid’s youth ranks before transferring to Valencia on the other side of Spain.
He was spotted in the Mestalla, signed with Chelsea, and twice named the Blues’ player of the season until Jose Mourinho made the decision to trade him to Manchester United.
Over the course of his career at Old Trafford, the 41-time international was able to make 285 appearances for the Red Devils and take home the FA Cup, League Cup, and Europa League.
Should a trade be approved, he will now be eager to make an immediate impression on his new team.
Okan Buruk’s team presently sits seventh in the standings after a dismal 13th-place finish in the league last season.
They have won three of their first five league matches, despite only scoring four goals during that span.
This weekend, when Galatasaray is scheduled to play Kasimpasa away from home, Mata might make his club debut.
Although he won’t be playing in Europe for the upcoming season, the midfielder, who had previously been linked with a move to MLS, appears likely to relocate to Turkey.