Where’s this Mata talk?
Like him as a player but his age profile would be poor given we already have Sigurdsson, Walcott and Rooney in that bracket.
Also been playing regularly, so despite Sanchez coming, he’d only be one place down.
Given how little creativity we have from open play, he'd likely improve us more than the others have, could become a key player pretty quickly. He's also be taking one of their places, so it would be a strange move to replace someone recently signed for big money, older player with another older player, but makes more sense than they did.
Suspect its partly because Mourinho shipped out Mata before and he's already down the pecking order, so 1 more place might be too many. But with Mkhitaryan going the other way in deal, it's not obvious they need to get rid of anyone. But can see that Mata is now in Miki's place of hardly being needed and Mourinho would seem likely to listen to offers.