Almost done: Ole Gunnar Solsjaer sanctions Man United deal for Spanish playmaker

Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has expressed his befuddlement over the drag in transfer talks for midfielder Juan Mata.

The Spanish international has entered the final six months in his contract at United, and United could lose him on a free in the summer as talks are not yet in the pipeline to extend his deal.

Solskjaer wants Juan Mata to remain at the club and has persuaded the 30-year-old to sign a deal at club.

United triggered the one year clause pegged on his contract but after that talks over extending is stay has muted.

However, moots floating about suggest that United are ready to get down and hand him a deal.

Mata’s agent, his father has bemoaned over the delay in his deal. United slowed in their plans to marshal out a good deal and Mata has entered into the last six months in his deal at the Mancunian club.

United forked out a then record of £37.1 million to bring him over from Chelsea, and the 30-year-old is undisturbed about his dangling future at the club.

United are reluctant about giving the Spaniard a deal, however Mata’s 145,000-per-week wage is being pinned as one of the factors United have let talks about his stay drag until now.