The Chelsea manager seemed in good spirits as he confirmed the 25-year-old playmaker is set to undergo a medical at Manchester United but is there another reason for the ‘happy one’s’ temperament over the deal?
Last week Chelsea chairman Roman Abramovich was spotted shaking hands with former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and cold relations between the two formerly bitter rivals seems to have thawed somewhat in recent weeks.
Meanwhile, The Mirror reported on Thursday that Chelsea still intend to fight to sign Wayne Rooney as the England number ten still has yet to extend his contract at Old Trafford beyond 2015. The 28-year-old striker will enter the last 12 months on that deal in June and, according to reports, Mourinho intends to reassert his plans to sign the forward from the Premier League champions.
Perhaps the deal taking Juan Mata in the opposite direction has been a sign of things to come for the two English giants – the deal certainly has been fuss-free for the most part, which is unusual for domestic rivals negotiating record fees for top players.
However, with Rooney’s future still yet to be decided and signed off, I would be more surprised if Chelsea didn’t attempt to lure him to Stamford Bridge this summer and, as we’ve seen even under the reign of Ferguson, what Rooney wants he often gets, such is the leverage of his coveted signature.
The only real clues we can take from the deal agreed for Mata is that the channels of communication are very much open between the two clubs and that could well be a good thing for Jose Mourinho is he truly does intend to make some calls in six months time.
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