Arsenal face a big battle in the free transfer chase for Manchester United midfielder Juan Manuel Mata following reports that three major European sides are also interested in the Spanish international.
The Daily Mirror say that the Gunners are monitoring the player’s situation at Manchester United alongside European heavyweights like Italian Serie A champions Juventus, Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Spanish giants Barcelona.
Juan Manuel Mata could leave Manchester United in the summer when his contract runs out but the Spaniard is not short of transfer options as he weighs his next move.
Manchester United have already offered him a one-year contract extension until the summer of 2020 but Mata is holding out for at least a two-year contract extension as he wants more job security.
A transfer to another club is most likely to offer him more job security than that the Red Devils are willing to offer him.
Juan Manuel Mata joined Manchester United from Premier League top four rivals Chelsea in January 2014 in a deal worth £37.1m.
The 30-year-old was the second and last major signing of the much maligned David Moyes era at Manchester United.
Ex-Everton and Preston North End manager Moyes was sacked as the Manchester United boss less than a year into the six-year contract that he signed in the summer of 2013 after legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson retired.