Barcelona 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.He 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.
“An enhanced level of partnership and collaboration is the key to address the challenges,” said Prakash Man Singh from the podium, noting that his country welcomes the Addis Ababa Action Agenda adopted in July – a series of bold measures to overhaul global finance practices and generate investments for tackling a range of economic, social and environmental challenges.The leader of the Nepali congress also said he was pleased to share that after about eight years of “rigorous democratic exercise”, Nepal promulgated an inclusive constitution 11 days ago, which guarantees 33 per cent of women representation in the national Parliament.Meanwhile, on the topic of peacekeeping, Minister Singh said Nepal has been consistently contributing to UN operations for some six decades. “More than 120,000 peacekeepers have served so far with distinct professionalism in more than 40 different missions around the globe and 70 have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty,” he declared.Regarding migration, he said it has “emerged as a mega-trend,” with migrant workers constituting a significant dimension of current human mobility. “In view of the greater vulnerabilities of such people, due recognition and priority should be given to the protection of their rights and dignity,” he underlined. Finally, the Nepalese politician said his country has been overwhelmed by the expression of solidarity and cooperation from the international community on an “unprecedented scale” in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes that struck in April and May.“We consider the global outpouring of support and solidarity to be an astonishing feat as well as a significant clue to the vast scope and potential of the spirit of the UN,” Mr. Singh continued, adding that Nepal looks to continued support and solidarity in the phase of rehabilitation and reconstruction.