It seems as Juan Mata could be a Manchester United player by the end of today as the clubs have agreed on a £37m transfer fee for the Spanish international.
According to the Telegraph, Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho signed off the deal following talks with the club executive and Mata is set to have his medical at Old Trafford today.
The Chelsea boss accepted the offer because the scale of the fee was too big to refuse and his priorities in strengthening the squad lie elsewhere.
The 25-year-old is set to sign a four-and-a-half year contract with the reigning Premier League champions and the Red Devils hope he can spark their shambling campaign, which found a new low in their Capital One Cup exit on Wednesday night.
Mata could be the first high-quality signing of under-fire manager, David Moyes, in this window and help the Red Devils to at least reach the Champions League spot.
According to further English media, Mata told Mourinho yesterday morning that he wanted to leave Chelsea and was therefore excused at the Blues first team training session ahead of their FA Cup clash against Stoke on Sunday.
Mata’s representatives, including his father, have also flown in from Spain yesterday in the hope to conclude the deal by the end of Thursday.
It could work in United’s favour that Mourinho seems to be keen to finalize the Mata-deal as quick as possible to use the incoming funds ahead of the transfer window closing.
Despite rumours, United striker Wayne Rooney wasn’t part of the negotiations, but Chelsea are planning a renewed attempt to sign the striker in summer.
Soccer Laduma will keep you updated on any new developments during the day.