It's officially official: Manchester United have agreed with Chelsea for the transfer of Juan Mata. The club confirmed that the midfielder would make the move for a club record fee. Mata leaves Chelsea, where he spent two-and-a-half seasons with the Blues, notching 33 goals and 58 assists in 135 appearances since signing on from Valencia.
But under José Mourinho, Mata's seen little time on the pitch. This season the 25-year-old has made just 11 starts in the Premier League and appeared twice in the Champions League. After being such a regular feature in his first two seasons at Chelsea, it's no wonder the Spaniard was eager to leave this January.
Manchester United hope the midfielder will help revitalize their season, as they're in desperate need of a magical fix -- or, at least, a Band-Aid to help stem the bleeding. With Mata adding some much-needed creativity to the side, perhaps David Moyes can begin to right his ship, producing more consistent results and pulling his team up from seventh in the league.
Technically, the deal is not yet done because Mata still has to pass a medical and sign on the dotted line with the Red Devils, but with the two clubs agreed and Manchester United reportedly set to more than double the Spaniard's wages, that is likely just a formality. Mata looks set for Old Trafford.