Manchester United will part with £37 million in order to secure Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata, reports The Telegraph.
United boss David Moyes is widely expected to break the bank this summer in a bid to revive his side's calamitous season and a successful deal for Mata would likely topple the club's transfer record.
It is no secret the Old Trafford outfit are short on creativity in midfield, an area in which the west London club are blessed with an abundance of top-class quality, and have long been linked with a blockbuster deal for a player previously held up as one of the best in the business.
Mata, who has made only a single appearance in 2014, is allegedly open to a move away from Stamford Bridge after Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admitted he does not need the Spaniard.
The 25-year-old has seen his status within the club diminish in the wake of the stunning displays by Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian in addition to Mourinho's perceived reluctance to track back from the middle of the park.
£21m signing Nemanja Matic, who returned to Chelsea after leaving for Portuguese giants Benfica in 2010, underlines Mourinho's desire to add some steel to his midfield options rather than replacing Mata, who seems destined for the exit door, with another attack-minded playmaker.
With a World Cup on the horizon and Hazard, Oscar and Willian firmly in command of Chelsea's playmaking roles, it is not too far-fetched to consider his fiery reaction to being substituted at Southampton on New Year's Day as his Blues farewell.
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