However, Mourinho unlikely to allow Spain winger to join the Catalans.
Spanish champions FC Barcelona will make a move for unsettled Chelsea midfield player Juan Mata when the transfer window reopens for business in January, according to reports in the Daily Express.
The coveted Spanish international has found himself being used as a bit-part player so far this season under returning Blues head coach Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, with the only appearance that the 25-year-old has made under the Portuguese coming in the club’s second league outing against Aston Villa.
However, even that rare sighting of the wide-man ended in Mata being given the hook by the self-styled ‘Special One’ early in the second half of Chelsea’s 2-1 win, leading to increased speculation both in the English and Spanish press that Mourinho saw no future for the Spaniard in west London going forward.
And now reports in the Spanish media are suggesting that Barca are keen to lure Mata back to La Liga at the turn of the year if the player’s current situation under Mourinho at Chelsea continues between now and January, although it has also been suggested that the Portuguese coach will also refuse to allow his star man to move to Nou Camp either due to his long-running dislike of the Catalan giants.