Manchester United are reportedly considering letting Juan Mata depart as a makeweight in their attempted bid for Netherlands midfielder Kevin Strootman, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
Strootman is a long term target of Van Gaal’s, and the midfielder is clearly one of his favourite players in that role, considering the fact that he rejigged his entire tactical philosophy prior to the World Cup after Strootman suffered an injury.
Van Gaal is now considering letting Mata join Roma in an attempt to tempt the capital city club into approving a deal for Strootman, who the manager wants to sign in January.
Roma are thought to want Mata on a temporary basis on loan, with an option to sign him permanently at the end of the season.
While Juventus are also interested, Mata’s goalscoring display today may cause Van Gaal to reconsider.
Juventus are willing to pay £20 million for the Spanish international.
Mata’s £37 million transfer fee last January was a record breaking transfer for the Manchester club, although they have since shattered that by buying Angel Di Maria for £59.7 million from Real Madrid.