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Manchester United must go back for £35m Mata

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Moyes would improve his reputation massively if he signed Mata. (©GettyImages)
Moyes would improve his reputation massively if he signed Mata. (©GettyImages).

In the modern footballing world where finances have seemingly spiralled out of control, summers - particularly in the Premier League - are routinely dominated by increasingly protracted and rather tiresome transfer sagas.

One such example of a transfer saga that dominated the headlines prior to the beginning of the 2013/14 campaign was Manchester United's apparent pursuit of Juan Mata.

The recent case of the 25-year-old Spaniard is a particularly baffling one. Despite so obviously establishing a reputation as the Blues' top performer over recent seasons, he does not appear to be a favourite of manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho, who returned for his second spell at Stamford Bridge in the summer after a six-year absence from West London, appears to retain a notable preference for Brazilian Oscar in the traditional 'No.10' role and evidently believes that Mata needs to radically alter his style in order to regularly occupy a slightly wider role.

Despite it appearing as if Mata - who, I must say, gives the off the aura of a thoroughly professional and pleasant individual - was content to bide his time under Mourinho and tailor his game in the necessary manner, the subject of his future has become the source of much speculation once again this week with the news that wealthy Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are allegedly plotting a potential £35 million swoop for his signature in January

If Chelsea really are willing to part with Mata, United and Moyes - who is already facing a considerable battle to save his own reputation following an alarmingly poor start to his tenure with the Premier League champions - should do all they possibly can to ensure that Old Trafford is his next destination.

Despite his troubles during the early throws of the current campaign, the diminutive Mata remains a quite brilliant talent whose flawless technique and admirable vision enables him to turn a game in the swift blink of an eye.

With a lack of creativity in the centre of midfield and an extremely underwhelming set of wingers, the explosive and wily Mata is exactly what United require to arrest their recent slump and ensure that they are not left embarrassingly adrift in the race to retain their 20th top-flight title.

While I fully accept that Chelsea allowing such a talented player to join a title rival seems utterly peculiar and farfetched, I also thoroughly believe a character such as Roman Abramovich would be willing to look past such a fact if there was quite enough money on the table.

£35 million may seem like an exorbitant sum in any other walk of life. But in the quite preposterous, detached and positively zany world of modern football, it is now seen as an adequate price for a player of such majestic quality.

United must get Mata. Their season and Moyes' own future at the club would have a far stronger foundation from which to grow if they do.

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