Manchester United have been shocked into action following Sunday’s defeat at Stamford Bridge and if they are willing to pay Chelsea’s asking price of £40m, it is believed Chelsea will let Mata head to Old Trafford.
Although the move, similar to Belgian youngster Kevin De Bruyne’s to Wolfsburg, hinges on Mata telling the club he wants to leave, his position at Stamford Bridge makes it very possible that the 25 year old will do so.
United are said to have representatives in London in an attempt to thrash out a deal, with some claiming that it could be completed by the weekend but Mata isn’t the only player on United’s radar.
ESPN’s Miguel Delaney reports that United’s representatives are also working on a deal for a “European-based central midfielder” believed to be Juventus’ Arturo Vidal.
Delaney claims that whilst this deal isn’t anywhere near as advanced at the Mata deal, he notes that initial reports were ‘encouraging’ for United.
The 26 year old is a name that has been heavily linked with United in recent weeks, with David Moyes even heading to Italy to watch as Vidal played in Juventus’ 4-1 win over Cagliari. Vidal signed a new deal at the end of 2013, so with his current deal expiring in 2017 United will have to pay a big fee for Vidal but Delaney notes that United being able to improve Vidal’s wages significantly as well as the fact that “Juve are maintaining a comparatively prudent approach to transfers” gives the English champions a significant chance at signing the Chilean midfielder.