Man Utd agree deal to sign Chelsea playmaker Mata
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Spain playmaker Juan Mata from Premier League rivals Chelsea.
"MUFC has reached agreement with Chelsea for the transfer of Juan Mata for a club record fee," United said on their Twitter feed on Friday.
"The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms. A further announcement will be made in due course."
According to media reports, the 25-year-old will cost league champions United 37 million pounds ($61.06 million).
The transfer fee breaks the previous record of 30.75 million pounds the club paid Tottenham Hotspur for Bulgaria striker Dimitar Berbatov in 2008.
United do not have a game this weekend but Mata, a skilful attacking midfielder, could make his debut in Tuesday's league game against Cardiff City at Old Trafford.
The Spaniard joined Chelsea from Valencia for 23.5 million pounds in August 2011.
Mata won the Player of the Year award in his first two seasons, helping the Londoners win the 2012 Champions League and 2013 Europa League, but has been out of favor this term under manager Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese has preferred Brazilian internationals Oscar and Willian and Belgium's Eden Hazard in the three creative roles behind the lone striker in Chelsea's 4-2-3-1 system. Continued...