It has been a whirlwind 48 hours for Manchester United regarding the signing of Juan Mata and if reports are to be believed, it will all be over within the next 24 hours.
Mata was due to arrive at Carrington yesterday morning but didn’t. However, he looks all set to complete his medical today at United and, pending a successful medical, will be officially unveiled as a United player in the evening.
The Telegraph’s Mark Ogden has suggested that a stall in the Mata deal was at the Chelsea end but when official news broke they had signed midfielder Mohamed Salah, it was seen as the tumbling of the last hurdle stopping Mata from his United move.
However, it may well have been a different player altogether that was causing Chelsea to stall.
Zenit St Petersburg’s Hulk has posted a photo on his Instagram only a few hours ago of him on a plane and the location is shown as Luton, London. Is Hulk the reason why Chelsea have stalled on any Mata deal?
A host of respected journalists including the likes of Jason Burt (who broke the story originally), Andy Mitten (editor of United We Stand) and Howard Nurse (BBC) have all put their necks on the line by saying Mata will join United. Either they are all wrong or Mata will soon be a Red Devil.