Jose Mourinho has started the mind games, testing the water with an offer for United striker Wayne Rooney following the news David Moyes only sees him as a back up player to Robin van Persie ahead of the new season.
The offer on the table is reportedly £10 million in cash and one of either David Luiz or Juan Mata and United should seriously consider snapping Chelsea’s hand off for the Spanish midfielder.
A central defender is not what United need at the moment with a perfect balance in their back four with the youth of Rafael, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling complimenting the experience of Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.
There is also the issue that David Luiz isn’t exactly the most popular man at Old Trafford at the moment due to his antics in the Premier League clash between United and Chelsea towards the back end of last season.
Mata, however, is a completely different proposition and a player who could dramatically improve the current midfield unit of United in a massive way.
That section of the squad is already in fairly good shape with the likes of Michael Carrick and Shinji Kagawa available in central positions and Mata, along with the possible arrival of Cesc Fabregas of Barcelona, would leave the club with a seemingly perfect midfield.
Mata has Premier League experience, he’s used to the physical nature of English football and most importantly, he can feed Robin van Persie chances like they have been playing together for years.
Mata would also take the pressure off of United in terms of the Fabregas deal. While that would still be a superb and highly sought after signing, the presence of Mata means if it doesn’t come together then it’s not a major issue for the club.
He’s the sort of player David Moyes would be able to build the side around next season, leaving the only concern over how to compensate for Rooney’s absence in the attack of the squad.
It’s a little confusing to understand why Chelsea seem prepared to put Mata on the table as part of the offer because he’s one of the most important midfielders at Stamford Bridge.
Fair enough, they do have cover in the form of Oscar, Eden Hazard and that is bolstered by the return of Kevin de Bruyne but it would be astonishing for Chelsea to let him go with such ease.
The cash almost becomes irrelevant, which seems strange as £10 million is a massive amount of money, but it’s about the trading of players with United able to get rid of a problem in the form of Rooney and gain one of the best midfielders currently playing in English football.
Who would you rather have, David Luiz or Mata? Should United take the deal?
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