It was news that was met by a huge cheer in the Football Transfer Tavern last night.
The Guardian finally confirmed that Manchester United have agreed a £37 million club record deal with Chelsea for Spanish midfielder Juan Mata.
Since news emerged on Wednesday that a deal would be completed during the current transfer window, United supporters in the tavern have been eagerly awaiting confirmation of the signing.
They were faced with an elongated wait as Chelsea looked to confirm the capture of Mohamed Salah from Basel as a replacement before they signed the transfer agreement with United.
The deal is subject to the 25-year-old passing a medical and agreeing personal terms, but these are both thought to be just a formality before Mata is presented before the press in a Manchester United shirt, possibly later today.
A statement from the reigning Premier League champions said: “Manchester United is pleased to announce it has reached an agreement with Chelsea for the transfer of Juan Matafor a club record fee.
“The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms. A further announcement will be made in due course.”
This transfer has to be regarded a huge coup for David Moyes as he finally signs one of his prime targets. Mata is rightly seen as one of the finest players in the Premier League and Chelsea fans are gutted to see the two-time Player of the Year leave Stamford Bridge.
Mata could now make his Old Trafford debut for the Red Devils against Cardiff City on Tuesday, with Moyes considering throwing him straight into the action as his side’s struggles continue.
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