Date: 22nd January 2014 at 4:19pm
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Juan Mata vs Manchester United

have set the wheels in motion for their move for Chelsea’s by making an official £35m bid for the Spanish midfielder according to the BBC.

The BBC’s Sports Editor David Bond reports:

deny making an official offer, but an initial bid has been tabled through intermediaries acting on behalf of the Premier League champions… The initial offer is likely to be rejected with holding out for as much money as possible with more than a week to go until the transfer window closes.”

Mata hasn’t appeared for Mourinho’s side since News Year’s Day, subbed off as beat Southampton 3-0, and it appears his situation isn’t likely to improve.

The Spaniard didn’t train with his team mates today, further fueling claims that he may be on his way out of Stamford Bridge.

United’s pursuit of Mata has progressed rapidly. Initially linked with the 25 year old in the summer as part of a deal that would see head to Stamford Bridge, this week it has been revived going from a rumour to a confirmed bid.

are said to be holding out for £40m for their two time player of the season, but an opening bid of £35m will set the club in good stead to secure his signature as the club is said to be looking at a figure closer to £37m.