Manchester United have apparently given the number 8 shirt to Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the coming season, meaning that Jose Mourinho looks set to demote Juan Mata for the second time.
The midfielder was Chelsea’s Player of the Year for two years running before Mourinho returned, and instantly promoted Oscar ahead of the Spanish international.
Now the Portuguese tactician is looking to mould the Manchester United squad to his liking, and Mata once again looks set to lose out.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has arrived to bolster the forward line, and Mata looks likely to be the main loser from his arrival.
His shirt number has now been taken from him, in order to give Swedish superstar Zlatan an important squad number, and after much speculation about his role under Jose this time around, looks certain to have fallen down the pecking order.
Arsenal were in the running to sign Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund, before he opted to join the Red Devils, and could now be on the look-out for another option.
Juan Mata has proven a number of times that he can be a creative force, helping Chelsea to Champions League and Europa League glory.
We were believed to be close to agreeing a deal for his signature before he joined the West London side in 2011, but failed to meet his release clause before the date of its expiry, therefore ending their prospective capture of the playmaker.
The Gunners could now have the opportunity to sign their former target, and bolster our attacking options for the new campaign, although his asking price is currently unknown.
Would Mata be a clever coup this summer? Could his creative spark be the perfect compliment to Alexis and Ozil behind the striker? Or is Jose right to dismiss his importance?