Written by Staff Writer
25 Jan, 2014 | 1:32 pm
Manchester United have confirmed they have reached a deal with Chelsea for Spanish midfielder Juan Mata, with the price thought to be £37m.
United said on Friday they would pay a club-record fee, subject to the 25-year-old passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.
Their previous transfer record was the £30.75m paid to Tottenham for Dimitar Berbatov in 2008.
Mata joined Chelsea from Valencia for £23.5m in the summer of 2011. Chelsea later also confirmed the deal.
In his Friday news conference, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed the deal.
Mata, who has won 32 caps for Spain, said goodbye to team-mates and staff at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground on Wednesday.
Mourinho has trusted Eden Hazard, Oscar and summer signing Willian in attacking roles this season and, while his relationship with Mata is healthy, the Portuguese conceded Chelsea’s system does not suit the player.
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