Newcastle United could launch an ambitious swoop this summer to sign Manchester United attacker Juan Mata, according to The Sun.
The 31-year-old will see his contract expire at Old Trafford in the coming months, with the Magpies able to pick him up on a free transfer.
Newcastle are yet to sort out the future of manager Rafa Benitez, but if the Spaniard does stay he is keen for a reunion with the little magician.
Mata has worked under Benitez previously when the pair were together at Chelsea.
A deal to take Mata to St James’ Park would be dependant on the club’s willingness to relax their transfer policy of not signing players over 3o.
The Spaniard scored six goals and claimed four assists for United last season but was seen as a peripheral figure by both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Mata is paid £140k-a-week (The Sun) at United and it seems likely that he will need to take a pay cut to join Newcastle.
Former Valencia, Chelsea and United attacker Mata would be an incredible signing for Newcastle if Benitez can pull off a deal.
The Magpies supporters are desperate to see the club become an established top-half Premier League team and Mata can help them achieve such goals.
His arrival could be about more than just what he does on the pitch. He could also tempt some of the club’s bigger players into staying; whilst he might also help Benitez lure other big-name players to St James’ Park.
This is a deal that Newcastle need to get done at all costs.