Manchester United agree £40million fee with Chelsea for Juan Mata
Mata has yet to confirm he wants to leave Stamford Bridge although the Red Devils are closing on the Spanish midfielder’s signature
January 22nd, 2014
Manchester United have made no secret of their desire to sign Juan Mata, having pursued the Spaniard’s signature last summer and it appears likely that the champions will get their man before the end of January.
Reports emerged on Tuesday night that Chelsea and United have agreed a provisional £40million deal for the midfielder, with the London club having previously wanted Wayne Rooney to form part of any transfer although they have resigned themselves to the fact that the forward will be remaining at Old Trafford.
It now appears that the main stumbling block over the deal could be whether Mata wants to leave Chelsea or instead fight for his place, although it is clear that Jose Mourinho doesn’t regard the player as first-choice and the 2014 World Cup is just a few months away.
Mata is far from certain to be included in the Spain squad although a move to Manchester United could see him enjoy months of regular football and play his way into Vicente del Bosque’s thoughts, with David Moyes keen to build a team around a player who shone in a Chelsea shirt for the past two seasons.
Negotiations between the two clubs have reached an advanced stage according to The Guardian, with the 25-year-old having only completed 90 minutes on three occasions this season while eleven league starts reflects the fact that he has been relegated to a squad player since the arrival of Willian.
If the deal goes through, it would break Manchester United’s previous record transfer signing of £30,7million for Dimitar Berbatov, who arrived from Tottenham Hotspur in 2008 although Moyes will hope that Mata has far more impact at the north-west club than the Bulgarian.