By Will Butcher
Everton are reportedly closing in on a sensational £21million deal for Juan Mata – and supporters have taken to Twitter to reveal their delight.
Journalist Flora Moussy, who works for French outlet InfoSport+, claimed on her personal Twitter account on Sunday that Mata is in advanced talks to join the Merseysiders from Manchester United.
She said the deal is imminent for the Spain international to move to Goodison Park.
Moussy’s translated tweet read: “Juan Mata is expected soon to leave Manchester United and sign with Everton. The transfer around 25 million euros #MUFC”.
Juan Mata devrait bientôt quitter Manchester United et s'engager avec Everton. Négociation du transfert autour de 25 millions d'euros #MUFC
— Flora Moussy (@FloraMoussy) July 3, 2016
Mata, 28, is not in the plans of manager Jose Mourinho, who sold him to United in January 2014 during his second spell at Chelsea.
It would be regarded as a sensational coup for Everton if they could sign a United regular, one who cost £37million in January 2014.
Here are a selection of the messages from supporters on Twitter:
Farhad Moshiri replacing Leon Osman with Juan mata not messing around him ????
— ThatScouseLad (@ThatScouseLad) July 3, 2016
Hope these rumours of mata are true???? #EFC
— Kevin hare (@kevinhare1) July 3, 2016
Mata always certain to leave Man Utd once Jose took over, never thought we’d be in for him though. Make it happen #EFC
— Chris (@campanafin) July 3, 2016
— joe (@_joejones99) July 3, 2016
— @…. (@graememushrow) July 3, 2016
The 28-year-old was in sparkling form for United last season, scoring 10 goals and making 11 in a defence minded side, but was left out of Spain’s Euro 2016 squad by boss Vicente Del Bosque.
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