It has been reported that Chelsea star Juan Mata has been told he can leave the club this month.
The 25-year-old has fallen right down the pecking order since Jose Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge during the summer of 2013, and his reaction to being taken off in Chelsea’s last game against Southampton has refuelled the transfer speculation.
Unsurprisingly, there is a whole host of clubs that would love to add Mata to their squad, but Manchester United has become one of the Spaniard’s most likely destinations.
David Moyes’ men really picked up their form after a torrid start to the season, but a New Year’s day home defeat to Spurs’ ended their six-game winning streak.
United have lacked creativity in the final half of the pitch with Shinji Kagawa failing to cement a first team place, but bringing in Mata, who has been Chelsea’s best player of the last two Premier League seasons, would improve this significantly.
On top of this, the addition of Mata would lessen the pressure on current United star Wayne Rooney, who has carried the team at times this season.
Mata is also the perfect player when playing a 4-2-3-1 formation which has become a popular choice for managers in today’s game. He could operate in any of the three attacking spots that play just behind the solo striker – in this case Robin van Persie or Danny Welbeck.
An offensive midfield three of Mata, Rooney and Ashley Young, who has recently found his form and is just as versatile as the other two, could bring a change to the build-up play that has possibly become a bit too predictable.
United may have to pay more than they would want to in order to sign Mata due to the inevitable high competition they will face. However desperate times cause for desperate measures, and the Spaniard could be the man to turn the Reds' season around.
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