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Juan Mata joins Manchester United for a club record fee


Manchester United have confirmed that the club have reached an agreement with Chelsea for the transfer of Juan Mata.

The Spanish midfielder will join Manchester united for a club record fee.

In his Friday news conference, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said: "Things are going in a good direction. We have allowed Juan to travel and have the medical."

"The player deserves respect and to play and because the offer is right, we allowed him to negotiate," added the Chelsea boss.

Mourinho said: "I asked Mata when the offer came whether he really was happy to go and he said 'yes, I am really happy to go'. After that we could feel mixed emotions.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for him. Another big club wants him in the country he wants to stay in, has made the right offer for him, so, although lots of clubs feel you should not sell to rivals, we are different."

Mourinho continued: "I think this club is a special club and it cares for people. It is very respectful of its players and especially those who wrote history and Juan is one of these.

"He was fantastic for Chelsea and Chelsea was fantastic for him. We are not afraid he is going there to do very well. We want him to go there and be happy."

It was reported that Mata's move would be delayed until Chelsea completed the signing of Mohamed Salah from FC Basel.

However, the 21-year-old Egypt midfielder still needs to accept personal terms, undergo a medical and receive a work permit.

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