Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata, 25, represents a 'fantastic signing' because he 'has great skill, imagination, flair and goalscoring ability,' according to Manchester United legend Gary Pallister, who added that the club are 'delighted' to have secured his services.
The £37m transfer that sees the Spain international swap Stamford Bridge for Stretford is intriguing for a number of reasons… a: because of it's tactical connotations regarding timing, he could feature against both Arsenal and Manchester City thereby boosting Chelsea's Premier League title aspirations; b: it is an in-house Premier League switch between two behemoths of the British game and c: it signifies a statement of intent from David Moyes and the Old Trafford management.
As quoted by Sky Sports, Pallister added: 'Hopefully he can help lift Manchester United out of the spell they are going through.'
According to reports, however, Mata will be joined by other additions.
talkSPORT claim that United are 'desperate' to bring in further mid-season recruits while renowned pundit Richard Keys even went to the length to suggest the club need a massive overhaul as eight players are needed. Even Michael Owen teased his Twitter followers that he may have inside information…
So, Juan Mata is on the verge of a move to United. A little dickie bird tells me there is more good news for United fans coming soon! #tease— michael owen (@themichaelowen) January 24, 2014
This time last year, Newcastle United engaged in their own transfer splurge and if United were clever, they may do something similar over the next seven days.
If the club looked at their summer transfer budget and brought the majority of it forward to supplement any funds in the winter pot, then they may find they are able to recruit a higher calibre of player now, than if they were to wait until July and August when the lure of European football let alone Champions League football may not be there.
United have been linked with many prominent players such as Juventus star Arturo Vidal, Paris Saint Germain hotshot Edinson Cavani, Everton wonderkid Ross Barkley and Southampton full-back Luke Shaw.
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