Manchester United star Juan Mata is being linked with a return to Valencia before the transfer window closes.

Mata linked with La Liga return

Mata linked with La Liga return

The Spaniard has turned out to be a shrewd signing for United since he arrived from Chelsea but his time at Old Trafford could be about to come to an end with Alexis Sanchez poised to arrive at the club.

The arrival of Sanchez will push Mata further down the pecking order and he would no jump at the chance to return to his former club, who are pushing for Champions League football once again in La Liga.

Valencia currently sit third in the table and believe the addition of Mata will help cement their place in the Champions League positions if they can agree a deal with the Reds before the deadline passes.

Mata earned cult status during his time at Valencia after joining them from Real Madrid in 2007, making 174 appearances and scoring 46 goals before he was snapped up by Chelsea in 2011.