Mata set for Chelsea move

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Andre Villas-Boas' quest to bring some additional creative flair to Chelsea this summer appears to be about to bear fruit after the west London club confirmed an agreement was in place to sign Juan Mata from Valencia.

Reports suggest the Blues will pay £26 million to bring the Spanish winger to Stamford Bridge, with the move now subject to the player agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.

A Chelsea statement read: "An agreement has been reached with Valencia CF for the transfer to Chelsea of midfielder Juan Manuel Mata.

"The move is now subject to the player passing a medical and agreeing personal terms."

During Villas-Boas' first press conference as Chelsea boss, the Portuguese outlined the importance to not only win, but win in style - something they have been unable to do so far this season.

But, in Mata, they will have a player equally capable of creating and scoring, which is demonstrated by his nine goals and 15 assists for Valencia last term.


This ability has certainly caught the eye of Villas-Boas who, prior to a deal being agreed, admitted his admiration of Mata.

"He's a player who scores and assists and he can add to any squad in the world," said Villas-Boas. "He's not our player but he's an interesting player ... a very good player."

Should the transfer be concluded, as expected, then the 23-year-old will become the third Spaniard to join Chelsea in 2011, following Fernando Torres and Oriol Romeu to the Bridge.

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