Mourinho: Mata to have physical for Man United

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 24, 2014 at 9:16 am •  Published: January 24, 2014

Juan Mata was on the brink of becoming the most expensive player in Manchester United's history after Chelsea accepted the Spanish midfielder's request to leave Stamford Bridge.

Mata was to a undergo a medical examination with United ahead of a club-record 37 million pound ($61 million) move to the Premier League champions, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said Friday.

The 25-year-old Mata was Chelsea's player of the year for the last two seasons but has been marginalized this season following the return of Mourinho, who preferred Eden Hazard, Willian and Oscar as playmakers.

The deal would eclipse the 30.7 million pounds (then $55 million) United paid to sign striker Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham in 2008.


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