Manchester United set to bid £37million for Chelsea’s Juan Mata
Juan Mata is agitating for a move during the January transfer window, with the Red Devils tabling a huge bid for the Spaniard before the end of the month.
January 21st, 2014
David Moyes was interested in signing Mata last summer although Jose Mourinho was not prepared to do business unless Wayne Rooney was included as part of the deal. However, it appears that Manchester United are ready to break the bank in order to sign the midfielder.
The champions are struggling badly in the Premier League this term and Mata would bring plenty of creativity to the midfield department, with Moyes aware that a failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League would represent a big setback to the club.
So far, United have denied any bid for Mata although the Daily Mirror reports that Chelsea are bracing themselves for a £37million offer which would see the Red Devils break their club record to sign the Spaniard.
Mata has barely played under Mourinho this season despite being widely regarded as one of the most influential players at Stamford Bridge over the past couple of years. The midfielder recently started at Southampton before being withdrawn shortly after the interval much to the player’s frustration.
United clearly have money to spend in January after failing to land the majority of their transfer targets six months ago, although Nemanja Vidic insists that the current squad are still capable of a top four finish and claims it’s just the small details where they are letting themselves down.
“It’s important we stick together and work hard for each other,” said the captain, who was sent off late in the game. “If we do that, I think we can turn things around. If you look at the whole game, I don’t think we played too badly. I don’t think losing three goals really tells the story.
“We lost two goals from set pieces and one deflection. Apart from that they didn’t create too many chances. They didn’t have many shots on target but scored three times. It’s disappointing. I don’t think we were clinical enough in their box and we didn’t defend well enough in ours. We didn’t give them many chances but everything they had they took. They punished us. It’s just small things. Small details this season are making big differences and changing games.”
“We just have to stay positive and keep fighting to be in amongst the top teams at the end of the season. Hopefully, with a bit of luck, we’ll have better days. We were good for long periods, but it was one of those days that turned out badly for us.”