After weeks of speculation regarding Juan Mata’s future, it appears that there has been a breakthrough as BBC Sport are reporting that Chelsea have accepted a £37m bid from Manchester United for Juan Mata.
Mata is due to have a medical on Thursday before signing a reported four-and-a-half year deal with the current Premier League champions. Chelsea stand to make a significant profit on a player who they signed for £23.5m from Valencia in 2011.
United are clearly having a poor season by their standards, and the signing of Mata may be just what they need to push for a Champions League place. If the fee does match the £37m that is being reported, then it would break the club’s transfer record.
This deal would work in favour of both parties as Jose Mourinho has too many attacking players in his squad and Mata appears to be at the bottom of the pecking order. It would also allow Mata to play regular first team football, something that is considered essential if he is to secure a place in Spain’s national side for the World Cup later this year.
Traditionally transfers between Chelsea and Manchester United are rare, as most managers dislike selling top players to rival clubs, but given Mata and United’s situation, a deal may be perfect for everyone involved.
Neither club has confirmed the deal as of yet, but Mata was said to be absent from training today and it appears a deal has been struck between the two clubs.