Afternoon Report: January 21

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Manchester United are preparing to make a bid for unsettled Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata as David Moyes strives to reinforce his squad before the close of the January transfer window.

Mata has not featured for Blues since New Year's Day and an offer of £37 million may be enough to bring the Spain international to Old Trafford.

The situation of the 25-year-old is one that has left compatriot and Arsenal midfielder, Santi Cazorla, stunned.

Cazorla admits he finds it 'weird' that Mata is continually overlooked by Jose Mourinho and has urged his Spain teammate to seek crunch talks with the Chelsea manager.

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has once again moved to deny there were any irregularities in the deal that saw Neymar sign for the Catalan giants.

The Liga champions claim to have paid €57.1 million to sign the Brazilian from Santos, but a state prosecutor has asked a judge to open proceedings after Barcelona failed to divulge the full details of the transfer.

Finally, Cristiano Ronaldo was presented with one of Portugal's highest honours at a ceremony in Lisbon on Monday.

The Real Madrid star enjoyed a stellar 2013 for club and country and has been made Grand Officer by the Order of Prince Henry.

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