According to the Sun, Rafa Benitez is keen to bring Juan Mata to Newcastle United.

The Spaniard’s contract at Manchester United is set to expire this summer, meaning he could be picked up for absolutely nothing. He’s been linked with a move to Barcelona, but apparently Newcastle could also be an option.

Even at 31-years-old, Mata is still a real talent and would be a huge signing for the Magpies.

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He’s been a Premier League regular since he moved to Chelsea in 2011, where he won the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League.

Mata hasn’t been as influential at Old Trafford, but has still managed to win another FA Cup and Europa League, as well as the League Cup.

What a signing he would be for Newcastle. He’d be the biggest name to sign for the club in a long time. But any move for him seems unlikely. Firstly, Benitez might not even be at the club next season.

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Then there’s the issue of wages. He’s played for two of the biggest clubs in the country and is probably earning a pretty penny. Newcastle would need to change their wage structure to make a marquee signing like Mata.

For that reason, most fans aren’t getting too giddy about this ‘rumour’. While it’s great to dream about a World Cup winner donning the black and white stripes, we have to have realistic expectations.

And if you’re Mata, the lure of Barcelona is probably a bit greater then the chance to spend your weekends in the Bigg Market.

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