Manchester United has reportedly made a club record 40 million pound ($66 million) bid for Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata, although neither club would confirm the offer, Sky Sports and other news outlets are claiming. According to Sky, Mata missed training on Wednesday and has already told his teammates he is set to move to Old Trafford. The deal, which is being handled through a third party, would represent a significant profit for the Blues, given that the 25-year-old signed from Valencia for $39 million in 2011.
Mata, twice Chelsea’s Player of the Year, has been a peripheral figure at Stamford Bridge this season, as Coach Jose Mourinho prefers other attacking options at his disposal. According to the report, all parties want the transfer to go through with a medical likely to be completed in the next few days so that the Spanish international can make his debut when United hosts Cardiff City in the Premier League this weekend.