Manchester United and Chelsea FC are in talks regarding Juan Mata’s move to Old Trafford as Andy Cole explains why the Spaniard could fit into this United side with ease.
Juan Mata has grabbed the headlines recently with reports suggesting that Manchester United are lining up a bid for the Chelsea midfielder. United have struggled in the league this season under David Moyes and they are expected to make a big signing in this window to lift the squad and atmosphere at the club.
Skysports are now reporting that Manchester United and Chelsea are currently in talks over a £37 million deal to bring the Spaniard over to Stamford Bridge. News of this move being on its way to be completed are gathering pace and it is believed that all parties involved in this move are interested in materializing this transfer. The only stumbling block at this point seems to be Chelsea’s interest in Wayne Rooney. But Manchester United fans will be delighted with reports of Juan Mata missing training with the Chelsea squad.
Mata missed Chelsea training this morning, with United closing in on deal for £37m Chelsea star – http://t.co/aAQewoQjgS
— Oli Price-Bates (@OliPriceBates) January 22, 2014
Chelsea’s training session. Where is Juan Mata? pic.twitter.com/mO6i7V5b3b
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Mata not involved in first team training. Never a good sign I’m afraid. — Frank Lampard UK (@FrankLampardUK) January 22, 2014
The London club, who were desperate to sign Rooney in the summer – only to be turned down by Manchester United, are hoping to involve the England international as a part of this deal, but Manchester United are unwilling to part ways with their talismanic striker. The two primary reasons behind Chelsea finally willing to sell Juan Mata to a Premier League club is firstly due to Mata’s willingness to leave Stamford Bridge in order to gain regular first team action ahead of the World Cup, and secondly this transfer fee will help them to balance their book. The fact that Manchester United are unlikely to challenge for the title this season has also played a big part in Mourinho giving a green signal for this move.
Meanwhile, former Manchester United forward Andy Cole has insisted that Mata could fit in perfectly to United’s set-up, contrary to what Gary Neville suggested the other day. He believes that Mata is intelligent enough to adapt to tactical changes and that his arrival will be a massive boost for the club.
“He was Chelsea’s player of the season two years on the bounce so I find it very strange he’s not in the team now.
“Jose Mourinho has made his decision why he’s not in the team so if he did come to Manchester United I think he’d be a fantastic player for them.
“(His arrival) would be a massive boost, given United supporters were disappointed there were no major signings in the summer. It’ll be very difficult to win the league this season but it would galvanise them for next season.
“If you look at Manchester United’s history, they’ve always played with wingers, they’ve always played attacking football. I can’t see them changing their philosophy; the team’s been built on an attacking 4-4-2.
“But, for sure, Mata can operate in a 4-4-2. I think he’s more than intelligent enough to play in a 4-4-2 or a 4-5-1; he’ll look to get on the ball, as he’s always done.
“He’s proved his intelligence not just with Chelsea but also for the national team. He’s a quality player with all the attributes. He’s very creative and I think that’s what Manchester United need right now – some creativity.” – The former Manchester United player said.
Cole also insisted that a Rooney-Mata swap deal seems highly unlikely at the moment.
“I’d be very, very surprised if that happened.
“I couldn’t imagine Wayne Rooney being sold to Chelsea or in a swap deal with Mata. Wayne Rooney’s a pivotal player for United, not just now but hopefully for many years to come. I think everyone there wants him to stay.” – Cole added.