Target may stay put

Everton’s hopes of landing Juan Mata from Manchester United are in the balance as he intends to fight for his Old Trafford place.

Everton: Target may stay put Everton: Target may stay put

The Spain midfielder is wanted by new Everton boss Ronald Koeman and Everton are ready to break the bank and offer a fee in the region of £30m.

Mata though is willing to fight for his place under their new boss Jose Mourinho, the man who sold him to United from Chelsea for £37.1m back in January 2014, but he may not be first-choice under the Portuguese.

Mata had previously indicated that he was willing to sit down and discuss an extension to the 18 months he still has remaining on his contract, but that was before Mourinho’s arrival.

The former Stamford Bridge and Valencia man became a bit-part player under previous manager Louis van Gaal and the £30m arrival this week of midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund has not helped his feeling of uncertainty.

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