Manchester United is closing in on acquiring Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata. Normally big clubs in England don’t do midseason deals, but Chelsea has already played twice this season and there is some suggestion this move on manager Jose Mourinho’s part is to make the road to a Premier League title more difficult by reinforcing Manchester United who still plays the two teams ahead of them: Arsenal and Manchester City.
“Manchester United and Chelsea are negotiating the future of Juan Mata – and the idea is that Mata, who Chelsea are happy to let go, goes to Old Trafford in this transfer window,” Sky Sports‘ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague said. “…I am under the impression that a deal will be reached because it benefits everybody.
“Manchester United need quality, Mata needs to get out of the situation he is in, and it would reinforce United for their meetings with (Chelsea’s title rivals) Manchester City and Arsenal, which is clever from Jose Mourinho.”
Apparently, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger agrees
“I am surprised. Juan Mata is a great player and they sell a great player to a direct opponent,” Wenger said, via Sky Sports. “Chelsea have already played twice against Man United, they could have sold him last week.
“I think if you want to respect the fairness for everybody, this should not happen. I can understand completely what Chelsea are doing, and they do not make the rules, but maybe the rules should be a bit more adapted for fairness.”