Manchester United is one step away of completing a move to sign Spanish international Juan Mata after the Red Devils and Chelsea agreed to a £40 million transfer that has instantly become the biggest move during the January transfer window.
The transfer still needs to be announced by both parties, but Chelsea’s boss Jose Mourinho confirmed to the media that the medical exams were completed, so it seems like a matter of time before Manchester United will present the 25-year-old to the fans. There’s no doubt that Mata is a talented player and he will surely improve the team’s attacking lines, but it’s really to find any kind of logic behind the move.
Manchester United’s biggest needs this season have been a quality striker to backup both Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, a left-back and a central midfielder that can add both quality and depth to a depleted center of the pitch. Mata doesn’t fill any of those needs and while he can be an adequate attacking midfielder, allowing Rooney to play upfront, he is not what Manchester United needed to turn the season around.
The only possible explanation is that the opportunity to sign Mata was simply too good to pass on, but it’s a huge commitment by David Moyes. Mata is young enough to be part of the future of the team, but this wasn’t the time to sign this kind of player.
Manchester United should have been wiser, and they should’ve targeted one of their primary needs first instead of landing a player that is not going to fill the huge voids the team currently has on the roster.