Leeds in talks with Juan Mata over shock free transfer after Man Utd exit as he hopes to make controversial move | The Sun
LEEDS UNITED have reportedly made contact with Juan Mata's representatives over a free transfer.
Mata, 34, left rivals Manchester United upon the expiry of his contract at the end of June.
He has attracted interest from several clubs but it is reportedly only Leeds who have made an approach.
According to AS, Leeds sporting director Victor Orta has spoken to Mata's father about a potential move.
But talks are believed to be slow despite both parties being keen to complete a deal.
Leeds are likely negotiating a significant wage cut since Mata reportedly earned £70,000-a-week at United.
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And the delay in negotiations could prompt another club to try and hijack a deal.
Galatasaray and Besiktas are also said to be considering a move for the Spaniard, who has spent the past 12 years in the Premier League.
That means Leeds could be well placed to land the veteran with Jesse Marsch in need of a winger with Raphinha leaving.
The Brazilian has been linked to several clubs including Chelsea, but Barcelona have now confirmed they have signed him in a £57m deal.
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Leeds also need to sign a replacement for Kalvin Phillips following his £45m transfer to Manchester City.
One player on the club's radar is Club Brugge striker Charles De Keletaere with the Whites reportedly ready to break their transfer record by bidding £32m for the Belgian.
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