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Tuesday 21 January
Manchester United are set to make a bid of £37 million for Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata, according to the Guardian's Dominic Fifield and Jamie Jackson.
The article, which cites concerns over his World Cup place as the reason for Mata's desire to leave, states:
Chelsea are braced to receive a club record bid from Manchester Unitedfor their unsettled attacker Juan Mata, an offer which will test the London club's resolve to retain the Spain international despite his fringe status in the first team this season.
A number of news outlets reported the same story on Tuesday morning and, while United have confirmed that they have not yet made any bid for the player, there would appear to be some truth in the reporting.
David Moyes side currently lie six points off fourth place and qualification for next season's Champions League, with 16 games of the season remaining.
After what was a botched effort in the summer transfer market, the club are determined to make amends this month and Mata may well be just the tonic needed for the club and its fans at the current time.
Will Chelsea and manager Jose Mourinho be willing to sell to a side considered to be a pre-season rival of the Blues? That may be the deciding factor.