On this day: Chelsea sign teenager, Mata can leave and £1.5m United link

Juan Mata

On New Year's Day 2014 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

Let's cast our eyes back to this exact day, the New Year's Day 2015, but a year earlier.

What were the main tales from that day? What big events were happening in Premier League football?

Here are some of the big scoops from the New Year's Day 2014…

Traore signs

A year ago today and Chelsea agreed a deal to sign talented teenager Bertrand Traore. The attacking midfielder had been on the Chelsea books for 18 months but had previously failed to earn a work permit to play in the UK.

He had shone in the pre-season and the recent rise of Burkina Faso in the FIFA world rankings helped him to earn a permanent deal with Chelsea.

Since then he has spent most of his time on loan with sister club Vitesse Arnhem. Prior to the winter break he was starting as their main striker and found the net on two occasions, so there is hope that he will one day become a Chelsea first-teamer.

Keeper linked

Manchester United were being linked with an odd move for goalkeeper Mert Gunok.

United were said to be making a £1.5 million move for the Turkish stopper as they were said to be looking into letting Anders Lindegaard go.

Of course this deal never got near to happening. Gunok remains at Fenerbahce and Lindegaard remains at United, but who knows what might happen in January.

What's the Mata?

A story from a year ago, that affected both Chelsea and United, was that of Juan Mata.

Mata left the field of play against Southampton and stormed past Jose Mourinho before slamming his seat in anger.

After the game Jose Mourinho seemed to confirm that the player could leave in the winter:

"I don’t want him to go, that is my opinion and that is my wish - but my door is open. The club door is open too, so when a player wants to speak with us we are there waiting for them. But if you ask me do I want to sell him, I don’t want to. "

Mata did leave, joining Manchester United later in the month.

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