United agree £37m deal for Mata
Manchester United have agreed a fee of 37 million pounds for Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata, according to ESPN sources.
The two parties spent Wednesday haggling over the transfer fee, with United said to have offered 35 million pounds and Chelsea holding out for 42 million pounds. It is believed a fee of 37 million pounds has now be settled and the player will head to United's Carrington training complex for a medical and to discuss personal terms on Thursday.
Mata missed training with Chelsea on Wednesday morning as he pushed for a move to the Premier League champions to be completed.
Jose Mourinho is believed to have provisionally approved the sale on Monday, as long as Chelsea officials are happy with all the details. Mata was never more than a bit-part player under Mourinho despite being the Blues' Player of the Year.
The Blues would still have preferred to sell to either Paris Saint-Germain or Atletico Madrid, but ESPN sources close to the negotiations have said Mata has made it known that his first choice is United. Atletico are, however, prepared to act in the unlikely event of the deal now collapsing.
Mata expressing his desire to go to Old Trafford was always going to be a key factor in forcing the move once United renewed their interest, which was first reported by ESPN FC on Jan. 2.
Despite speculation, Wayne Rooney is not expected to go in the other direction to Chelsea, although there is a growing acceptance at United that he will not sign a new contract and that they will be forced to sell him in the summer.
United manager David Moyes declined to answer questions about the signing of Mata or any other transfers after his team's Capital One Cup loss Wednesday to Sunderland.