By Tom Blackburn
Everton have made an enquiry about the availability of Manchester United attacking midfielder Juan Mata, according to a report.
The Toffees had been heavily linked with Mata, 28, earlier in the summer but United indicated the Spaniard was not for sale.
However, The Times claim that Everton are now looking to move forwards in talks as Mata’s future under boss Jose Mourinho looks bleak.
Mourinho cast doubt over Mata’s Old Trafford future after subbing the midfielder less than half an hour after bringing him on in Sunday’s Community Shield win over Leicester.
The Spaniard replaced Jesse Lingard during the Wembley clash , only to be hauled off 27 minutes later for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Everton have been linked with Mata as Ronald Koeman overhauls his squad using the £100million transfer kitty handed to him by billionaire Goodison owner Farhad Moshiri.
It was Mourinho that sold Mata to United for £37million in January 2014 when he was Chelsea boss just six months after the Spaniard had been named the club’s player of the year for the second consecutive campaign.
Mata has been an integral member of the United team since joining the club and was a first-team regular under previous boss Louis van Gaal.
Used predominantly on the right flank, Mata made 54 appearances in all competitions for the Premier League giants last season, scoring 10 goals and supplying 11 assists.
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