Manchester United believe transfer target Juan Mata would push for a move from Chelsea if an offer was made, according to reports.
The Daily Mail makes the claim following the Spaniard's latest omission from the Blues side at the weekend in their Premier League clash with the Red Devils.
Jose Mourinho's men got the better of the current champions, as David Moyes' side struggled to create clear-cut chances in a 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
That's something Mata could certainly help with at Manchester United, but the report goes on to claim that selling to a rival is not particularly high on the agenda in west London.
Indeed, the Mail claims Chelsea would prefer to sell the player abroad if their hand was forced in the transfer window.
The Blues do remain keen on Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, but the possibility of a swap-deal between the two clubs is described as 'unlikely'.
Reports at the weekend claimed the Red Devils had already made contact over a potential £20million move for the player - but his parent club value him at £30million.
And, if the Chelsea boss doesn't want to strengthen his rivals, then matching the fee might not be enough for Moyes to bring the player up north.
With that in mind, the paper concludes that United's transfer sights have been set elsewhere as they look to strengthen at Old Trafford before the end of the window.
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