Spanish midfielder Juan Mata will have to take a £70,000-a-week pay cut if he wants to stay at Manchester United beyond this summer.
Mata’s contract expires at the end of this month and United will reportedly only extend his stay if he drops his weekly wage from £170,000 to £100k.
It remains to be seen whether the former Chelsea playmaker will accept those terms which were put to him during talks earlier this month.
But Barcelona and former club Valencia have been linked with a move for the 33-year-old with both likely to be able to offer him more.
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The 2010 FIFA World Cup winner wants to stay at United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to keep him, according to the Star.
And add-ons and bonuses included in his new deal will go some way to edging his pay closer to his current salary.
The 41-cap Spain international managed just 18 games in all competitions for United last season.
He scored three goals and provided three assists in those but Ole Gunner Solskjaer realises that might not be enough for the experienced midfielder.
Solskjaer said towards the end of last season: “I’ve kept the dialogue with Juan and we’re due to speak again very soon.
“Of course, he’s not played as much as he’d like and that’s a decision that we’ll make with him.
“He’s in charge of his own future and he’s been such a good servant for the club.
“But of course, it’s hard, as I’ve said so many times, to leave good players out, good people out of the team.
“It’s about what does he want as his next step in his career? Is it [to] still play out his career here, or is it going somewhere else?
“We haven’t made a final decision yet.”
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