Talks between Chelsea and Manchester United regarding the potential sale of midfielder Juan Mata have begun.
Sky Sports Spanish correspondent Guillem Balague is of the belief that the Blues and Red Devils have entered negotiations for the Spain international with all parties looking to get the deal done. Recent reports suggested that Chelsea wanted £35million for Mata but Balague suggested on Revista de La Liga that another price could be reached.
“Manchester United and Chelsea are negotiating the future of Juan Mata – and the idea is that Mata, who Chelsea are happy to let go, goes to Old Trafford in this transfer window,” he said.
“Chelsea are asking for £32 million or with Wayne Rooney as part of the deal. Manchester United have said no to the money and no to Rooney – but I am under the impression that a deal will be reached because it benefits everybody. Manchester United need quality, Mata needs to get out of the situation he is in, and it would reinforce United for their meetings with (Chelsea’s title rivals) Manchester City and Arsenal, which is clever from Jose Mourinho.”
Manchester United boss David Moyes is reluctant to talk up their pursuit of Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata. United are reportedly confident of landing Mata from Chelsea in a £37million deal by the end of the week.
Talks regarding the 25-year-old Spain midfielder are so far advanced that Mata is convinced he will have a medical before the weekend, says the Daily Mail.
But United are treading carefully only because Moyes and his chief executive Ed Woodward failed to sign the likes of Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas during the summer.
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