Manchester United could bid £27m for Chelsea midfielder – report

Juan Mata

Moyes to 'test Mourinho's resolve' with bid for Spain international.

As the Juan Mata transfer saga trundles on, a report today has suggested that Manchester United are weighing up a bid of £27m for the unsettled Spain international.

The Daily Star claims that “United have already spoke to Mata’s agent and could be ready to test Chelsea’s resolve with a £27m offer.” They add that Mata is desperate to leave Chelsea, where he has been frozen out by Jose Mourinho and fears he will lose his World Cup place.

The caveat, according to the paper, is that United will have to sanction Wayne Rooney’s move in the opposite direction. Allowing Rooney to leave Old Trafford at the moment would be tantamount to professional suicide for David Moyes, and is unlikely to say the least.

The story also comes just a few days after the Daily Express claimed that Chelsea would not sell Mata to another Premier League rival. Mata, twice Chelsea’s player of the year, is also attracting interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Napoli, and should he demand to leave Stamford Bridge, a move to Europe seems the likeliest outcome.

Mata was an unused substitute as Chelsea eased to a 2-0 win over Hull City at the weekend. After the match, Mourinho again took the opportunity to underline Mata’s importance to the side – though not as a first-team player.

“The others (Oscar, Willian, Hazard), they are playing very well and the team is playing very well,” said Mourinho. “But we need Mata, we need (Andre) Schurrle, we need these players as we cannot do it with three. Maybe in February maybe some are not in the best form and Juan is coming at the top of his game.”

The rumours keep coming, however. The Daily Mail, jumping on the ‘stormy’ relationship between Mourinho and Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, dating back to their tenures at Real Madrid and Barcelona, report that Mata is eager to join the German champions.

That appears unlikely however, as were he to join the Bundesliga outfit Mata would be cup-tied and unable to play in the Champions League.

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