Chelsea transfer news: £22.5m United hijack for target; Mata and Essien close to departing

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All the latest transfer news and gossip from this Saturday morning at Stamford Bridge.

For those that hit the hay early last night they will be waking up to the news that two Chelsea stars are on their way out of the club over the weekend.

Jose Mourinho had previously stated that the club were ready to let Juan Mata talk with other clubs should a suitable proposal come forward.

Manchester United came up with such a deal - with a believed £37 million bid now confirmed accepted by both clubs.

Mata will sign for the team upon the completion of a medical and agreement of personal terms. He is expected to be handed the number seven shirt.

Another player on his way out of the club is Michael Essien.

The Ghanaian was signed by Jose Mourinho in 2005 but he has struggled with injuries in recent years - and spent last term out on loan at Real Madrid under the Special One.

With his playing time diminished he has sought a move in the transfer window - and AC Milan have answered his wishes.

Essien is set to become the first signing of the Clarence Seedorf Rossoneri revolution - with a medical and personal terms again the only factors hindering any potential deal.

Both moves could be finalised and announced either today or Monday.

Mourinho is said to be forcing through a new contract for John Terry. The 33-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and clubs from Turkey, France and the USA have reportedly got an interest in signing him in the summer.

However Mourinho wants him to receive a new one-year-deal at the club.

Wigan boss Uwe Rosler believes he can get the best out of recent loanee arrival Josh McEachran. His time at Watford this season was struck by managerial changes and injury but Rosler had high praise for the gifted 20-year-old:

“Josh is a confident lad; he knows that he’s a good footballer. He knows that he can play at his best in the Premier League, no problem.”

Finally, and it appears that Chelsea have a battle on their hands to get hold of Luke Shaw from Southampton.

The left-back is seen as the long-term successor to Ashley Cole for both club and country and is a boyhood Chelsea fan.

No deal looked likely until the summer - but with Manchester United reportedly making a £22.5 million hijack bid they may need to hasten the process.

Southampton are expected to reject any advances.

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