Spanish outlet El Gol Digital reported the player will not sign a new deal to remain at Old Trafford when his contract expires at the end of the season. Los Blancos could then move for the Spain international as a free agent.
Mata has been hugely successful since moving to the Premier League in 2011, winning two FA Cups, two UEFA Europa Leagues and the UEFA Champions League during his spells with Chelsea and United.
The player began his career in Real’s youth team before making his breakthrough with Valencia in 2007.
At 30, Mata still has much to offer, and Solari reportedly views the Red Devils magician as a potential replacement for Isco.
Mata brings extensive experience with him and would offer Los Blancos a cheap option to strengthen the squad during a period of transition.
The reigning Champions League holders are only fourth in La Liga but are just five points behind leaders Barcelona.
The loss of Mata would be a blow to United, but manager Jose Mourinhohas used him frugally since the Portuguese arrived at Old Trafford two seasons ago.
Mata remains a popular figure in the squad, but his lack of power and pace is an issue for a manager that favours a physical approach to the game.
The player reached the unique milestone of 50 goals and assists in the Premier League, with United defeating Fulham 4-1 in the Premier League on Saturday.
Source: Bleacher report