Juan Mata is set to be offered a four-and-a-half year contract at Manchester United worth in the region of £150,000-per-week, reports from the Daily Star suggest.
And, according to fellow British tabloid newspaper publication The Sun, this is a wage that would see the diminutive Spaniard become the Red Devils' third highest-earner - behind strike duo Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, who are both reportedly on £250,000-per-week.
A move that would appear to catapult Mata to such a lofty position within the pay structure at Old Trafford - not to mention the decent length of the deal - would seem to showcase Manchester United's faith in the abilities of the Chelsea playmaker.
While Mata, who has reportedly been subject to a bid of £37 million from Manchester United that has supposedly been accepted, proved an instant hit after joining Chelsea from Valencia back in 2011, he has endured an immensely frustrating 2013/14 season to date at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho's clear preference for Brazilian international Oscar in that traditional 'no.10' role just behind the main striker has left Mata in a state of uncomfortable limbo in West London, with the 25-year-old often left stewing on the substitute's bench or marooned in a wider role down one of the flanks.
Still, despite his diminished role, it still appears somewhat baffling that Chelsea would be willing to offload him to one of their traditional rivals.
Although Manchester United have been woefully under par since David Moyes joined the club following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, they remain arguably the biggest club on the planet and allowing them to purchase such a talented midfielder appears to hand United an instant boost that could galvanise the rest of their season and beyond.
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