According to the buzz in the football world, Spanish midfielder Juan Mata is expected to sign a four and a half year deal with Manchester United, whose bid of 37.1 million pounds has been accepted. A record transfer deal, Mata who has been capped 32 times by Spain finally had his unveiling on the 27th January at a news conference. Manchester United had been denying having made any such offer despite having made public their plans to rebuild their team last week. According to reports the 25 year old underwent his joining medical on Saturday, 25th January.
Mata joined Chelsea in August 2011, from Valencia about two years ago, for 23.5 million Euros. This talented midfielder was the player of the year for both the seasons that he was at Stamford Bridge. With more than 130 appearances, he has made 28 assists and scored a total of 32 goals in the past two Premier League Seasons for Chelsea so far. His first season saw him make 13 goals, which he followed up with 20 goals in the 2012-2013 seasons.
He is the second high profile signing for Chelsea manager David Moyes, after Marouane ellaini. Everton’s Fellaini arrived last September at 27.5 million pounds. The sale of Mata was particularly surprising as Manchester United coach Mourinho described with reference to Liverpool, which was also interested in Mata. in a press conference before the FA Cup tie against Stoke City on Sunday, he said, “Things are really going in a good direction and I think sooner rather than later things will be finalised." When asked about the elephant in the room, i.e. the decision of selling such a good player to a rival team he said, "It is an offer that is the right offer for us, so in spite of probably many clubs, many boards and many managers who think you shouldn't sell a top player to a rival club, especially not in the same country you play, we feel and we think differently. The player deserves respect, deserves to be happy and play where he wants to play, and because the offer is obviously what we consider the right offer for the quality of the player, we allowed him to negotiate with them, and didn’t close the door.”
Speaking about his move, "The time has come for a new challenge. I am excited at the chance I have to be part of the next phase in the club's history."About the club he was leaving he added, "Chelsea is a top club and I have many friends there but you cannot turn down the chance to join Manchester United. I look forward to helping the manager and the team be successful in the coming years." In his thank you letter directed to his many fans on his official website, he talked about his change of intention after the pre-season and thanked the Chelsea club and its owner Roman Abramovich.
Of course, the high profile transfer news of the player has raised some eyebrows with fans wondering the playing position of Mata in the new team. Most do regard the decision to be a sound one, since the talented Spaniard will be a welcome addition to the Manchester United team desperately in need of a makeover. Then again, there are a few who are of the opinion that Mata is nothing but a panic buys prompted by their recent defeats. Despite that being true; after their rather embarrassing performance in the Capital One Cup series, redoing their team and getting new assets seems like a very good idea. Though the majority believes that the buy is good for the team, he will be nothing more than an adornment though.