Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Juan Mata to Manchester United: A Done Deal

Juan Mata's much speculated move to Manchester United from Chelsea is set to be completed within the next 24 hours for a fee in the region of £37m, after the move was sanctioned by Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho.

After spending the season on the periphery of the first team, Chelsea's Spanish attacking midfield player has agreed to join the Mancunian giants after a fee of around £37m was agreed. The player had been frustrated that the likes of Oscar and Willian had been preferred to him so far this season, and was concerned that his lack of game time might affect his chances of making Spain's world cup squad.

Jose Mourinho, for his part, has never been overly keen on Mata whom, despite his- oft repeated- statistical accomplishments, he perceives as not being sufficiently effective against elite opposition. With both games against United complete and now that they are no longer a threat to Chelsea's title hopes, the move makes sense for Mourinho, who will use the substantial funds gained to plough into weaker areas of the Chelsea side, in particular their pressing need for a world class centre-forward.

Mata's medical will take place tomorrow and the Spaniard is likely to be available for selection for United's under pressure manager, David Moyes, against Cardiff on Tuesday.

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