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Juan Mata deal edges closer, Manchester United table $65 million bid with Chelsea

Jan 22, 2014, 12:18 PM EDT


As the January transfer window comes to a close, we all know some negotiations take longer than others.

But in the case of Juan Mata‘s highly public potential switch from Chelsea to Manchester United, things appear to be moving at a rather rapid pace.

Mata did not train with his Chelsea teammates on Wednesday at the clubs Cobham training ground, as Spanish soccer expert Guillem Balague confirmed and revealed that the deal is practically sealed for Mata to become a United player in this transfer window. On Sunday Chelsea defeated United 3-1 at Stamford Bridge, and it is thought the idea of the Red Devils purchasing Mata was mooted then.

Like I said, this has all been moving very quickly.

Now, according to reports from Sky Sports, the Red Devils have tabled a bid of $65 million for Mata through a third party and it’s thought that all parties are keen for a deal to be hashed out in the coming days.

  • Mata, 25 wants to play regularly in the Premier League before Spain head to the World Cup this summer
  • Chelsea will make a handsome profit on the $38 million they paid Valencia in 2011 for Mata
  • Manchester United will finally have a marquee signing Moyes can build his midfield around

So, simply put, everyone would be happy if this deal is pushed through.

These things take a little time though, as Spanish and English lawyers combine to go through all the fine print of the transfer deal itself, then the contract offer and all this has to be done before January 31.

(MORE: Report – Chelsea, Manchester United agree ‘provisional’ $65 million fee for Juan Mata)

Mata to United makes sense in so many ways, but some are reluctant to see how the diminutive Spaniard will fit into United’s often abrasive style of play. Personally I think he will turn into the glue that holds everything together, if he does make the switch to Old Trafford in January.

Linking midfield with forwards Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, what’s not to like about this deal?

Plus it may actually help out Chelsea in the title race by selling Mata. That’s right, Jose Mourinho could be up to his old tricks as United still have Manchester City and Arsenal to play in the PL. So Mata could help United take points from Chelsea’s main rivals for the PL crown.

Like I said earlier, this deal makes sense for everyone involved, on so many levels.

  1. dfstell - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    I’ve liked the idea of Mata at United since there were first those rumors of a Rooney-for-Mata swap last summer. I think he’s a fabulous player.

    I love when my favorite team is closing in on a big player. It’s fun to be unable to concentrate on life and continually hit refresh on the browser.

  2. willking9 - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Unless this is somehow mart of Mou’s evil genius plan to help take points away from City/Arsenal/Liverpool idk why the f$ck CFC would ever make this sale. It’s a good amount of money for a player who has spent most of the year on the bench, but for the same reasons they wouldn’t sell Rooney to Chelsea I have no idea why this makes any sense in reverse.

  3. tylerbetts - Jan 22, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Seems kind of like a Mid-Table club overpaying to get an unused piece from a title contender …

    • Joe Prince-Wright - Jan 22, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Have to admit, this made me chuckle a little. Well played, sir.

      Anybody think United will make the top four? Seriously now…

  4. basedrum777 - Jan 22, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Why would Chelsea sell a good player to a rival? Is this a $ thing?

    • bear06 - Jan 23, 2014 at 2:18 AM

      Mourinho didn’t really rate Mata and he needs to get PT so he can make Spain’s WC team.

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