Well after dragging the collective heels for most of January Manchester United’s window has exploded into life with the media, even our most revered sources like The Guardian and The BBC, suggesting that a deal for Juan Mata to come to United is in the offing.
The latest reports go as far as to say that negotiations are well under way and that a deal should be done this week.
Chelsea and Manchester United have provisionally agreed a £40m fee for Juan Mata, though the champions are yet to make a formal bid and any deal to take the 25-year-old to Old Trafford remains dependent on him personally informing José Mourinho of his desire to move.
Negotiations between officials from the two clubs are at an advanced stage, with the transfer said to be “almost complete” by sources close to the discussions.
Mancester United fans will take the report with a pinch of salt after so many false dawns on the player acquisition front.
But if a deal does get done Manchester United fans will being to once more enjoy a big spring in their step because they know about the rare quality of this lad.
This whole idea of Manchester United not having a natural spot to play Mata in is ridiculous. He could play in the attacking midfield role behind both Rooney and RvP with his eyes closed. He may prefer the number ten role but players of this level can do several jobs. Mata can indeed play in the hole. He could also play on the left of a narrow 3 in a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formation. But we think that he could do the Scholes job perfectly.
Ultimately Mata just wants to play football. And Manchester United fans will absolutely worship him because he plays football in a manner which befits the tradition of the club. Jaw-dropping, buccaneering, fast-paced football.
We are expecting more news on this one throughout the day.
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