The January transfer window has been relatively quiet, but as we enter the final days things are picking up a bit. There is now a report from Sky Sports that Manchester United are targeting Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata.
From Sky Sports:
Sky Sports sources understand Chelsea will listen to offers for Spain international Juan Mata, a reported target for Manchester United.The attacking midfielder – a £23.5m signing from Valencia in 2011 – has found first-team opportunities limited under Jose Mourinho this season, playing 90 minutes on just three occasions.
Sky Sports is also reporting that Chelsea are pretty locked in at a minimum price of £35 million, a pretty steep price. There still has been no formal bid from United on Mata, but Chelsea are apparently preparing to hear their offer.
This is a stunning development and addresses an area of concern for United, who have been criticized for neglecting their midfield. United sit in seventh place and need to make a move to try and climb into the top four to get a Champions League berth.