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Juan Mata Transfer: Manchester United Agrees To Club-Record Fee With Chelsea, Pending Medical

Chelsea's Juan Mata, celebrates after scoring his teams second goal during their English League Cup soccer match between Arse
Chelsea's Juan Mata, celebrates after scoring his teams second goal during their English League Cup soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates stadium in London Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

By Chris Davis, Goal.com

The Spaniard was expected to arrive at Carrington on Thursday in order to complete his medical but Chelsea's negotiations with Basel over Mohamed Salah held up United's plans.

In order for Mata to make his debut against Cardiff City on Tuesday, United must register Mata by midday Monday.

Jose Mourinho revealed Friday afternoon that Mata was close to a move to Old Trafford and claimed the midfielder was keen to leave Stamford Bridge.

"I asked him when the offer came: 'Are you really happy to go?' He said 'I'm really happy to go,'" said the Chelsea manager. "He is a fantastic player. In spite of not playing much for us, I still think he could be important for us. It's a good move for Juan, it's good for the Premier League and the offer is the right offer."

Mata has struggled to secure a regular first-team place since Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge, making just 18 appearances for Chelsea this season.

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