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Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Juan Mata for Wayne Rooney Swap Deal Would Be Win-Win

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on December 21, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Ravin SampatCorrespondent IIJanuary 14, 2014

Manchester United haven't given up hope of signing Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Star's Paul Brown.

HULL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  Substitutes Andre Schurrle and Juan Mata of Chelsea on the bench during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Chelsea at KC Stadium on January 11, 2014 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Im
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Manager David Moyes is set to offer £27 million to test Chelsea's resolve with United looking to address their problems on the pitch which have seen them fail to keep pace in the title race.

But any deal for Mata could mean United coming to terms with the loss of Wayne Rooney. Chelsea made a bid in July, the BBC reported, which Manchester United dismissed.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on December 4, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images
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Mourinho has targeted Rooney as the striker he wants to lead his new-look Chelsea team with his current crop of forwards failing to score the goals.

Last week, United manager Moyes admitted that the striker's future could be in the balance if United fail to qualify for the Champions League, as reported by the Daily Mail's Chris Wheeler.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  Manchester United Manager David Moyes looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on January 11, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Ge
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HULL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Chelsea at KC Stadium on January 11, 2014 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Despite claiming that Chelsea won't be buying a striker this month, as the Daily Mirror's David Anderson reported, if Mata were to go to United, Mourinho would look to Rooney to fill the void.

The deal could work for both teams. United are looking for a creative spark like Mata in midfield, and Chelsea are seeking a striker talent like Rooney.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham Hotspur battles for the ball with Wayne Rooney of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on January 1, 20
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The England striker has nine goals in 17 Premier League games, ESPN stats show, but niggling injuries have kept him out of periods of the season.

His goals would spearhead Chelsea's title challenge.

For United, the signing of Mata would be vital. The Spaniard won the club’s player of the year award for the past two seasons and was named in the PFA team of the year for 2012/13. He was instrumental in the team's Champions League victory under Roberto Di Matteo and was influential in caretaker coach Rafa Benitez's success last year.

Mata’s frustrations at being a fringe player in Jose Mourinho's Chelsea have been publicly aired. When substituted during the recent win at Southampton, he showed his clear frustrations at the decision.

The player has been linked with a host of clubs, including Paris St. Germain, whom Jeremy Wilson of the Telegraph says will likely make a bid this January.

Mourinho made it clear that Juan Mata did not fit into his current Chelsea team. For the first time in the New Year, he opened the door for his departure, per the Daily Mail Online’s Neil Ashton.

I don’t want him to go, that is my opinion and that is my wish - but my door is open. The club door is open too, so when a player wants to speak with us we are there waiting for them. But if you ask me do I want to sell him, I don’t want to.

However, a potential move to Manchester United in January—hinted at by Paul Handler of the Manchester Evening News—would likely reignite the flair we associate with the Spaniard, who knows his chances of being selected for Spain’s World Cup squad this summer are under threat.

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL - JUNE 27:  Juan Mata of Spain in action during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Semi Final match between Spain and Italy at Castelao on June 27, 2013 in Fortaleza, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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United are lacking real flair and creativity this season, but Mata is the kind of player who would help the Red Devils push for a place in the top four.

United have created significantly fewer chances then any of their rivals as stats collated by Squawka show, a problem Juan Mata could fix.

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