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Mata on the move?
Mata on the move?.

Manchester United's proposed £37m move for Juan Mata represents an attempt from David Moyes to dramatically overhaul a struggling midfield with one star signing, in the same week the Red Devils allowed Anderson to leave Old Trafford for Fiorentina.

Mata's imminent arrival at the defending Premier League champions represents a prime example of a top side aiming to inject star quality into a side with a direct, superior replacement, a trick that has worked more than once in the last few seasons.

The Spaniard's switch has allowed GMS to delve into the archives to find seven examples of players swapped for more suitable additions, with top scorers and world stars part of our countdown.

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Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo
Andrey Arshavin
Ronaldo
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Laurent Koscielny
Manchester City
Barcelona
Dimitar Berbatov
Robin Van Persie
Arjen Robben
Manchester United
Neymar
Arsenal
Chelsea
Didier Drogba
Philippe Senderos
Gareth Barry
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