Manchester United move step closer to landing £35m superstar

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Mata could join United in the next few days
Mata could join United in the next few days.

Manchester United moved a step closer to signing Chelsea's Juan Mata last night as talks between the two sides are said to be 'going well'.

Sky Sports claim Chelsea are willing to sell the Spanish playmaker to Manchester United if the Premier League champions match the 25-year-old's £35million valuation.

La Liga expert Guillem Balague also believes Mata could seal a move to Old Trafford before the transfer window shuts on January 31.

Balague, speaking to Sky Sports, said on the possibility of Mata joining Manchester United within the next couple of days:

"Manchester United and Chelsea are negotiating the future of Juan Mata - and the idea is that Mata, who Chelsea are happy to let go, goes to Old Trafford in this transfer window.

"Chelsea are asking for £32million or with Wayne Rooney as part of the deal. Manchester United have said no to the money and no to Rooney - but I am under the impression that a deal will be reached because it benefits everybody.

"Manchester United need quality, Mata needs to get out of the situation he is in, and it would reinforce United for their meetings with (Chelsea's title rivals) Manchester City and Arsenal, which is clever from Jose Mourinho."

Mata, who has been crowned Chelsea's Player of the Year for the past two seasons, has fallen out of favour under Mourinho.

The former Valencia man, who joined Chelsea for £24million in August 2011, has made just 13 Premier League appearances for the Blues so far this season.

Mata is said to be keen on joining the Premier League champions as he knows he needs to be playing regular first-team football if he is to seal a place in Vicente del Bosque's Spain squad.

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