Talks between Roma and Leicester have not gone anywhere as they are unwilling to sell Mahrez for less than €40 million, even though the player has already reached an agreement with the Giallorossi.
Leicester are not going to make it easy for Roma to sign him, which is why they have identified Mata as a possible alternative.
His contract expires in 2018 but this doesn’t mean Man Utd are open to selling the player, as Roma will struggle to meet Man United’s asking price as well as his salary demands.
Roma have been monitoring the Spaniard but talks with Man United are yet to begin, even though there’s no chance Mourinho will allow him to leave in the summer transfer window.
Mata is an exceptional player for United, as we saw last season under Mourinho where many thought he would be leaving, and he has a vital role to play at Old Trafford as a player the Portuguese boss truly trusts ahead of a big campaign in the Premier League and Champions League.