Manchester United Transfer News: Latest on Sofiane Feghouli, Juan Mata Rumours

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMarch 13, 2016

LYON, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 29: Sofiane Feghouli of Valencia CF in action during the UEFA Champions league match between Olympic Lyonnais (OL) and Valencia CF at Stade de Gerland on September 29, 2015 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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Manchester United have reportedly made an offer to sign Valencia winger Sofiane Feghouli ahead of his contract expiration this summer, while former La Liga ace Juan Mata is set to pen new terms at Old Trafford.

According to Italian outlet Calciomercato (h/t Metro's Will Giles), the Red Devils have made their move to convince Feghouli of a move to Manchester, although there's bound to be plenty of competition for his signature.

Feghouli will be available as a free transfer in June.
Feghouli will be available as a free transfer in June.Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

Feghouli is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with any club after entering the last six months of his deal at the Mestalla, and United are moving swiftly in an attempt to tie down their target, it seems.

Bleacher Report's Jack Lusby was recently surprised to learn Feghouli is available as a free transfer, recommending Liverpool launch a bid to sign the Algeria international:

Feghouli has scored five goals and made four assists in 28 appearances for Los Che this season, having made 197 appearances for Valencia since moving to the Spanish outfit from Grenoble in 2010.

United manager Louis van Gaal may well look to reinforce his wings this season after seeing Memphis Depay fall flat for large portions of his maiden term at Old Trafford and having to field Mata out wide for the majority.

Feghouli would offer a more experienced and natural asset on the flanks, and the fact the player is available on a free transfer merely sweetens the deal.

Meanwhile, Mata is reportedly ready to spurn the advances of Europe's big guns and is looking to open talks over a contract extension this summer, according to Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star.

Mata wants to extend his stay at United.
Mata wants to extend his stay at United.PAUL ELLIS/Getty Images

The Spain international has become a senior figure at United in the two years since moving to the club from Chelsea in a £37.1 million deal. However, his chances of signing new terms would be reduced if Jose Mourinho were to take over at the helm this summer.

Hetherington said Mourinho, who sold Mata to United in January 2014, may look to once again "jettison" the playmaker if he took over from under-fire Van Gaal. Bleacher Report's Rob Blanchette agreed his chances of surviving under the Portuguese would appear slim:

The Sun's Lee Astley said Mata and Marouane Fellaini would be among the first players to get the chop in the eventuality Mourinho succeeds Van Gaal.

Mata has become something of a fan favourite at Old Trafford in the years since joining, but his chances of earning an extension to his £130,000-a-week deal look likely to ride on who's leading the club next season.


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