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Barca consider move for Man Utd free agent Mata

first_imgBarcelona have made contact with the representatives of Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata as they weigh up a move for the Spain international.Goal understands Barca are interested in bringing Mata to Camp Nou this summer, with the 30-year-old available on a free transfer at the end of the season as his contract at Old Trafford runs down.Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have also shown an interest in the former Chelsea star, meaning there is likely to be a battle for his signature should he fail to sign a new deal with the Red Devils. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? It is understood that Man Utd remain in discussions with Mata relating to a new deal but there has yet to be a positive conclusion reached, though they remain hopeful they can persuade the Spaniard to remain at Old Trafford beyond this summerThe club triggered a one-year option in his current deal to keep him until July 2019, but interest from elsewhere could see his head turned.Mata’s current contract sees him earn £140,000-a-week, but the fact that his signing would involve no transfer fee means Barca see him as a bargain among an ever inflated market.The Blaugrana have already secured the services of one midfielder for next season after completing the €75 million (£65m/$85m) capture of Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong on Wednesday.They continue to be linked with PSG’s Adrien Rabiot, who is also set to be available on a free this summer, with Ernesto Valverde keen to bolster his options in the middle of the park.Having joined Man Utd in January 2014, Mata has made 208 appearances for the 20-time champions of English football, scoring 44 goals and contributing 35 assists.Juan Mata Man Utd 2018He has struggled to hold down a regular starting berth under any of his three permanent managers at the club, with just nine of his 15 league appearances this season coming from the start.Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took the reins following Jose Mourinho’s sacking Mata has found himself on the bench more often than not, with the Norwegian coach prefering a front three of Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.As such it is difficult to see him having a medium to long-term future with the club, and a move away might be in his best interests.Mata did come through the Real Madrid youth system before moving to Valencia at the age of 19, and a potential move to Catalunya would mark his first return to Spain since leaving Mestalla for Chelsea in 2011.last_img read more

Alumni Relations coordinator retires after 24 years

Lynne Irion, alumni relations co-ordinator, is retiring after nearly 24 years at Brock University. She’s seen here in front of the Student-Alumni Centre, for which she helped with the fundraising campaign. It was a take stock moment that Lynne Irion couldn’t ignore.The alumni relations co-ordinator was standing in the parking lot near the Plaza building and site of the Cairns Complex two years ago when she noticed she couldn’t see a single building that was on campus when she started working at Brock 22 years earlier.Irion’s view of the Schmon Tower, Mackenzie-Chown Complex and Welch Hall was blocked by newer buildings and one thought became clear.“It was at that point that I thought ‘You know, this is not my place anymore,’” Irion recalled. “That’s not a bad thing. It’s wonderful how the University has grown.”Still, that moment helped Irion decide when it would be time to pack in her career at Brock. After nearly 24 years of holding various jobs and titles with Alumni Relations, she will take one last look at how much the campus has changed on Friday, her last day of work before retiring.“I’m excited to go,” Irion said. “I’m really excited to move on to the next leg of my journey.“I thought these last few days, I’d have nothing to do. That’s not going to be the case,” she said, adding she’s finishing up last minute projects. “I’m not going to be twiddling my thumbs.”Avoiding idle hands is what landed Irion a job at Brock in the first place.After moving to Niagara from England in the late 1980s, Irion saw an ad for a computers course.She signed up for a two-week crash course and excelled, much to her own surprise. Her teachers recognized they had an ace and encouraged Irion to do a co-op placement.“And I came to Brock,” she said. “And I’m still here. I never really had plans to work. That wasn’t part of the deal. I just wanted to learn how to use a computer.”Irion enjoyed the social aspect of working as much as the job itself.When she started at Brock, there were only about 6,000 students, which made it easy to get to know the people she would stay in touch with for years after they graduated, even attending weddings of alumni and the christenings of their children.“You walked through the halls and no one was a stranger,” Irion said. “I liked that.”In retirement, Irion has plans to take stock of other locales, visiting family in England and taking a cruise, she hopes, from Spain to Florida. Catching up on her reading is also tops on her retirement to-do list – that and reporting for duty to no one but herself, she said.“That’ll be the best part – being able to do what I want to do.”Join Lynne as she celebrates her retirementWhen: Friday, Sept. 21, 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.Where: Alumni Pub Night at The Mansion House, 5 William St., St. CatharinesAlso, a farewell open house happens Wednesday, Aug. 15, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Alphie’s Bistro. For more information, email mmoore2@brocku.ca. read more