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Reports: Man United Prepares Mata Bid
Guardian, January 21st, 2014 1:46PM

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The Juan Mata-to-Manchester United rumors are heating up, with the struggling English champion preparing to launch a 35 to 40 million pound ($57.5 - $65.7 million) bid for the unsettled Chelsea playmaker, according to various reports. However, the Guardian claims that Manchester United will not sell Wayne Rooney as part of any prospective deal for Mata, despite the fact that the England striker will only have one year remaining on his contract in the summer.

British pundit Gary Neville, for one, doesn’t see Mata fitting into United’s playing style. "Does he fit with what I would call the typical philosophy of Manchester United? I would say no,” the former Red Devils defender said. "The first question, I think, is where are you going to play? Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are up top if they are fit so where are you going to play him? Are you going to play him off the left or off the right? They would have to change to accommodate Juan Mata in the way they normally play. They normally play with wide players. Sometimes they tuck in, but generally they have wide players and the thing for me is where is he going to play?”

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror reports that while United is unwilling to let Rooney during the January transfer window, the club is preparing for the striker’s departure after this summer’s World Cup, when he would only have one year of his contract remaining. According to the report, Uruguay international Edinson Cavani is unhappy with life at Paris Saint-Germain, and could be a summer target for upwards of 55 million pounds ($90 million).

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