Manchester United manager David Moyes is set to test the resolve of the Chelsea hierarchy with a club record £37m bid for midfielder Juan Mata.
The Spaniard has been left angered by the lack of football at Stamford Bridge and has been identified by David Moyes to save their faltering season.
However, Chelsea's Player of the Season will be thinking where he fits into this Manchester United team when Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are fit, as Mata's preferred 'number 10' position is taken, and David Moyes has favoured a 4-4-2 formation with flying wingers, which does not suite the Spanish international.
Although at Manchester United, Mata will be guaranteed much more game time, which is important going into a world cup year, especially when Mata's place in under threat due to the vast pool of Spanish talent, he could become the new Shinji Kagawa.
Kagawa who came from Dortmund with a huge reputation and brilliant performances to back it up has failed to replicate this since his move to Old Trafford, where he has found himself unable to nail down a first team place and then brandished out to the left hand side of a midfield four where he has looked uncomfortable to say the least.
And Mata could suffer the same fate unless Manchester United change their style of play to accommodate them, both Kagawa and Mata have flourshied in a 4-2-3-1 formation which United should now adopt.
Mata will be the much needed marquee signing the supporters craved in the summer, as the £27m Marouane Fellaini has failed to impress since his arrival from Everton.
Mata will provide much needed creativity in the struggling Manchester United midfield but more importantly goals from midfield which the champions have lacked all season and help ensure they now finish in the top four.
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