Mata has been reduced to being a bit-part player at Manchester United and is in the final six months of his contract at Red Devils.


The Premier League giants are unlikely to offer a new deal to the Spaniard, who has made just three appearances for the club this season.



The 33-year-old is looking around for a new club in the summer and he has a few takers back at his homeland in Spain.


According to Spanish sports daily AS, Sociedad president Aperribay held talks with Mata’s father in a San Sebastien hotel this week.



It was an informal meeting and the Sociedad chief discussed the possibility of signing the midfielder on a free transfer in the summer.


Sociedad are interested in Mata and want to add a player of his stature to their squad next season.



However, the Spaniard would have to agree to a wage cut as the Spanish club cannot afford his current salary.


It remains to be seen whether the veteran Spaniard ends up at the Anoeta ahead of next season.