Atletico Madrid are reportedly lining up Manchester United misfit Juan Mata as their top January transfer target, as reported by the Daily Express.
Sources in Spain suggest that the fact that the former Chelsea player has been made available by manager Louis van Gaal has made Atletico boss Diego Simeone incredibly excited, and as a a result, the Argentinian manager is going to press his club to push forward with a bid for the player during the winter window.
While both Valencia and Juventus are also thought to be keen on a move for the talented Spaniard, they may struggle to match Atletico’s intended bid of around £25 million.
Furthermore, Mata is said to be disinterested in returning to Valencia, meaning that Atletico are the comfortable favourites to sign him.
This could give the La Liga champions a huge boost going into the second half of the season, capturing a star who has been undoubtedly underused by Van Gaal since his arrival.