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Juan Mata joins Manchester United from Chelsea for record transfer fee

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata
Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata
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A week of news, rumors, complaining managers and expensive conclusions has seen Manchester United finally agree all elements of their move for Chelsea out-of-favor former player-of-the-year, Juan Mata as of Jan. 26, 2014.

The Spanish international moves to Old Trafford for a club record fee of just over £37 million and will likely take an immediate place in the starting eleven at the expense of Antonio Valencia.

Mata's arrival gives United much needed options in their attacking scheme in terms of a playmaker that can change a game.

Seeing Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie with another player that can make things happen will free the two primary attacking stars of the side to profit from a teammate's creativity rather than having to make things happen on their own.

More than one rival manager has called the move an unfair one as both Arsenal's Arsene Wenger and Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini have spoke openly that they have objections to the move.

However, David Moyes and Jose Mourinho will be the two biggest winners as United get a much needed playmaker, and Chelsea not only have moved towards better standing with financial fair play but have sold a weapon to a club that can help United defeat the Blues challengers to the title for them.

Additionally Mata will not be allowed to play against Chelsea when they face United for the second time this year so that the Spaniard cannot cause damage to his old team.

In the end one of the most interesting moves of the year is certain to see more drama come of it and make the run-in this season be that much more entertaining.

Thomas is the Managing Editor of, follow him @socceratz and on Facebook.

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