Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is selling Juan Mata to Manchester United in order to boost his own team's chances of winning the Premier League title, according to Sky Sports/AS journalist Guillem Balague.
The Red Devils are expected to spend a club record £37m fee in order to bring the Spain international to Old Trafford before the weekend - and Balague, who is a regular guest panelist on Revista de la Liga, believes Mourinho is prepared to sell the Blues' current Player of the Year in order to hinder their title rivals, rather than strengthen Manchester United.
"Chelsea manager José Mourinho does not view the transfer as strengthening a rival, but precisely the opposite: a way of helping the Blues to win the Premier League title," he writes in this morning's AS.
"Chelsea have already played United home and away in the league this term, while David Moyes’ men still have to face Manchester City and Arsenal. Conclusion: an improved Man Utd could take points off the top two."
Chelsea are now 12 points clear of reigning Premier League champions Manchester United following their 3-1 victory over the Red Devils at Stamford Bridge last Sunday.
United have virtually no chance of retaining the title - and this is one of the reasons why Mourinho is prepared to sell the out-of-favour Mata to David Moyes' side in the current transfer window.
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