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Premier League's best playmakers: Keep Rooney or bring in Mata? (1)

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The big news of the day has been without a doubt Manchester United's move for Chelsea outcast Juan Mata.

According to reports the Red Devils are willing to splash up to £37 million in order to secure the services of the former Valencia man.

But of course news of their bid to land Mata has prompted plenty of questions. Is it wise to be spending almost £40 million on a player who can't get into the Chelsea team? Will Jose Mourinho sell to a rival?

But perhaps the most interesting aspect of the transfer is what it means for the players already at Old Trafford; does this mean Manchester United are anticipating the exit of Wayne Rooney?

With so many questions floating around we thought it was best to look at the best playmakers in the league and where Rooney, who is regularly deployed in the number 10 role behind Robin van Persie, stands in comparison to some of his peers in the Premier League.

Is it worth replacing the England international, whose contract is up in 17 months, or is he simply indispensable?

Rooney is said to be contemplating his future while the Premier League champions are said to be unsure whether it's worth offering him a bumper new deal - but is there a case to be made for the former Everton star?

Click through to find out more...

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Topics:
Wayne Rooney
Manchester United
Chelsea
Juan Mata
Football

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