Manchester United are keen on tempting unsettled Chelsea star Juan Mata away from Stamford Bridge during the January transfer window.

The Daily Star claim Manchester United are preparing a £27million bid for Spanish playmaker Mata.

Reports suggest Manchester United have spoken to Mata's agent regarding a potential move to Old Trafford.

The Red Devils were said to be keen on signing Mata in the summer, however the Premier League champions were not prepared to include Wayne Rooney in the deal.

Mata is said to have grown disillusioned with life under Jose Mourinho as the Chelsea attacking midfielder has found games hard to come by under the Portuguese tactician.

The 25-year-old, who has been named Chelsea's Player of the Year for the last two seasons, has made just 11 starts for Mourinho's side so far this season.

La Liga trio Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are all said to be keen on signing Mata and are likely to stand a better chance of landing the former Valencia man as Chelsea will not want to sell a player of his calibre to one of their rivals. 

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