Manchester United have made a £40million bid for Chelsea’s Juan Mata through a third party, according to Sky Sports News sources.
While it is not a regular occurrence for large English clubs to transfer players to direct rivals, the monetary gain for Chelsea here would be tremendous, they signed him from Valencia for £23.5 million in 2011. With the Blues high on the table and with a glut of attacking players, Mourinho may finally be willing to make this move.
While this would break the Manchester United transfer record, it is a move that is definitely needed to stabilize the club. It could also help stabilize the future of David Moyes as well. Juan Mata would give the Red Devils the opportunity to solidify their uneven, yet potent attack. It would go a long way towards proving that Moyes can actually complete a major move that does not involve his former club.
Moves of this magnitude are uncommon, and sometimes viewed as desperate, as we have discussed in the past. However, Mata could help propel United into the coveted top four, where they now languish 7 points behind fourth place Liverpool. That would be well worth the price in my opinion. A fourth place, or better, finish may be enough to save the job of the rookie manager.
There are undoubtedly many hurdles to a transfer of this size and timing, but with Juan Mata missing from practice on Wednesday and reports claiming that all parties are on board, The Red Devil Armada can certainly hope for the best!