Chelsea and Manchester United are reportedly discussing a deal for midfielder Juan Mata. Manchester United are looking to bolster their team as they make a run at a top four spot and a trip to the Champions League tournament.
From Sky Sports:
Talks between the Premier League rivals over the transfer of Mata to David Moyes’s side – for a fee in the region of £37m – are understood to be progressing well.
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville was critical of the fit, but another former United player thinks it is a fit.
“He was Chelsea’s player of the season two years on the bounce, so I find it very strange he’s not in the team now,” former United star Andy Cole told Sky Sports News.
“Jose Mourinho has made his decision why he’s not in the team so if he did come to Manchester United, I think he’d be a fantastic player for them.
“(His arrival) would be a massive boost, given United supporters were disappointed there were no major signings in the summer. It’ll be very difficult to win the league this season, but it would galvanise them for next season.
“If you look at Manchester United’s history, they’ve always played with wingers, they’ve always played attacking football. I can’t see them changing their philosophy; the team’s been built on an attacking 4-4-2.
“But, for sure, Mata can operate in a 4-4-2. I think he’s more than intelligent enough to play in a 4-4-2 or a 4-5-1; he’ll look to get on the ball, as he’s always done.
“He’s proved his intelligence, not just with Chelsea but also for the national team. He’s a quality player with all the attributes. He’s very creative and I think that’s what Manchester United need right now – some creativity.”