Manchester United have reportedly made an official offer – through third-party agents – believed to be in the region of £40 million for Juan Mata. The Spaniard was absent from training on Wednesday, which fuelled speculation that he is close to a move. Reports suggested that he could be a United player by the weekend. The transfer fee appears to be the only major hindrance, as Chelsea are happy to let him leave.
Depending on the newspaper you read, Chelsea value him anywhere around £37 – £42 million. In any case, United do not seem to be far away from reaching a deal (as revealed earlier by Guillem Balague).
Big-money moves are usually complicated and it seems that United have made the offer through a third-party in order to maintain secrecy.
A £40 million offer the presence a significant profit on the £24 million we paid for Mata, but as a top club, we should look at retaining the best players rather than looking for a profit. Nonetheless, this deal will go a long way into balancing the books, which has become so essential due to FFP (UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations).