Phil Costa

Atletico Madrid ‘leading the race’ for free agent Juan Mata

Atlético Madrid are reportedly leading the race for Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata.

Mata is out of contract at Old Trafford this summer and both parties are unlikely to agree on a renewal.

According to SPORT, Diego Simeone has identified the 30-year-old as somebody who could bring technical quality to their largely industrious style.

Valencia are also interested in re-signing Mata, eight years after originally leaving the club for Chelsea.