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Mata grows increasingly frustrated with Chelsea over transfer delay


Published 24/01/2014 | 08:58

Juan Mata is playing the waiting game but deal expected to be concluded this weekend
Juan Mata is playing the waiting game but deal expected to be concluded this weekend

Spain international Juan Mata has agreed a four-and-a-half year contract worth £150,000-a-week at Manchester United but Chelsea are yet to complete the transfer agreement.

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Juan Mata was waiting on Thursday night for Chelsea to formally sign off his £37 million transfer to Manchester United after growing increasingly frustrated with the club’s failure to sanction his departure for a medical at Old Trafford.

Despite agreeing a four-and-a-half year contract worth £150,000-a-week at United, Mata remained in London on Thursday due to Chelsea’s refusal to complete the transfer agreement with the Premier League champions.

Ground staff at United’s Aon Training Complex at Carrington had arrived early on Thursday morning to prepare a helipad in order for the Spain midfielder to fly north for a medical.

But with Chelsea delaying Mata’s departure until they had completed the signing of FC Basel’s Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah, United were unable to proceed with the medical examination in Manchester.

United remain confident that a deal with be completed for Mata within the next 48 hours and senior figures at the club are currently unconcerned by the delays at the Chelsea end.

But with Mata determined to press ahead with his move to United in order to play regular football for David Moyes’s team after falling out of favour at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho, the player and United are hopeful that his club record transfer will be concluded before the end of the weekend.

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