From the Soccer Yanks Rumor Desk:
Just after Chelsea orchestrated a 3-1 victory over Manchester United, rumors of a record signing between the clubs leaked. At this time it appears Chelsea have placed a £40 million transfer fee (or as low as £30 million depending on what you read) for their infrequently used Spanish maestro Juan Mata.
It is widely reported that United, desperate for creativity in the midfield, will make the move. Whether Mata fits this current United team or plays into David Moyes’ vision for the club are debatable. United has revenue projections tied to advancement in the domestic Cups and its inclusion in next season’s Champions League. As the best available player in the EPL, a move for Mata is almost mandatory.
What is the most intriguing element is of the story is how Chelsea and Jose Mourinho don’t view Manchester United with Mata as a threat. Does Mourinho not believe Mata is the missing piece in Moyes’ puzzle? Does Mourinho truly not rate Juan Mata, or does he just not fit his system? It is unlikely United will catch Chelsea in the table as there is a 12 point separation with 16 games remaining. There is still the Champions League which both clubs are still involved (with Mata being cup tied) and the return of the injured Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.
After scouting and coaching against them, does Mourinho have so little regard for United? Mourinho, never shy, has spoken highly of United in the past but is this potential sale a life line or a Trojan Horse?