The 25-year-old would become United’s most expensive ever signing if (when) he puts pen to paper with United and it would be one of the biggest signings ever made made in the January transfer window, not only for the money involved but for the significance of it.
Of course, Mata would still have to complete a medical and sign his paperwork before any deal can be completed but so far things have moved very quickly and smoothly.
United fans are understandably cautious about big name signings coming to Old Trafford following the sagas of Sneijder, Thiago and Moura over the years, but now is the time to be excited.
Mata has been Chelsea’s player of the year for the past two years and his signing would be a fantastic coup by David Moyes and a real sign of intent by United that we may be down right now but we are far from out.
The thought of having an attacking front four of Rooney, Van Persie, Mata and Januzaj is mouthwatering. Hopefully, there are no complications and everything can be completed quickly.
Update: Chelsea have now completed the signing of FC Basel midfielder Mohamed Salah and it was believed that Chelsea wanted to wrap up that transfer before a deal for Mata was concluded.
Further update: Moyes has now left Carrington so it is unlikely that any deal will be agreed tonight. Hopefully it will be completed tomorrow because the longer it goes on, the more nervous United fans get that it may not go through.