Manchester, England • Juan Mata was on the brink of becoming the most expensive player in Manchester United’s history after the Premier League champions announced an agreement with Chelsea on Friday night to acquire the Spanish midfielder.
United released a statement Friday, saying Mata will move for a club-record fee "subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms."
Although United didn’t give any additional details, the club this week made a bid of 37 million pounds ($61 million) for Mata, which would eclipse the 30.7 million pounds (then $55 million) it paid to Tottenham in 2008 for forward Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham in 2008.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said Mata had requested to leave Stamford Bridge after losing his place in the London club’s starting lineup.
"I asked him, ‘Are you really happy to go?’ " Mourinho said. "He said, ‘Yes, I’m really happy to go.’
"We hope he does well," Mourinho added. "We are convinced he is going to do well. If Man United pays their record for a player, it’s because they know exactly what they want from him. And they know exactly what he can give them."
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