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Update: Thursday, Jan. 23
Manchester United have seen a £37 million bid for Mata's services accepted in a move that would smash the Red Devils' current transfer record.
BBC Sport's David Bond and Ben Smith report that the Spaniard is inches away from a move to Old Trafford, subject to a medical.
The pair write:
United have had a bid, believed to be in the region of £37m, accepted for Mata, who is set to sign a four-and-a-half year deal at Old Trafford.
The 25-year-old is due to fly to Manchester by helicopter before sealing a move to the Premier League champions.
Mata's impending move would certainly be the signal of intent that many at the Theatre of Dreams have been waiting for in what could be the transfer that ignites Moyes' reign with the Premier League champions.
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Wednesday, Jan. 22
David Bond of BBC Sport claims that Manchester United submitted a £35 million bid for Juan Mata's services on Wednesday, which they're hoping is enough to prise the Spaniard away from his West London surroundings.
It's common knowledge that the two-time Chelsea Player of the Year has fallen out of favour with Jose Mourinho at the helm of the club, but a departure could be imminent.
An excerpt from Bond's report reads:
United deny making an official offer, but an initial bid has been tabled through intermediaries acting on behalf of the Premier League champions.
Mata did not train with Chelsea's first team on Wednesday.
Should the deal go through, it would be both a record purchase for the Red Devils and a record sale for Chelsea, smashing the deals concluded for Dimitar Berbatov and Arjen Robben, respectively.
Moyes is in need of a certain quality in his midfield, and despite all the criticism that's come his way thus far in his Old Trafford reign, Mata's acquisition would certain prove some of the manager's doubters wrong.